The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a formal review following Will Smithís assault on Chris Rock at Sundayís Oscars ceremony where the actor slapped comedian and presenter Chris Rock, over a joke he mad on Smith’s wife Jada.
Will Smith later sent out a public apology to Rock on Instagram, his note read, ‘Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last nightís Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jadaís medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.’
‘I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.’ it added.
Rock is seeing a surge in the sale and price of tickets for his upcoming stand-up show, as people anticipate the legendary comedian to make some mention of the incident at his upcoming shows. Taking to Twitter, online ticketing marketplace TickPick wrote, ‘We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined.’
As per Variety, Chris will perform six shows at Bostonís Wilbur Theatre from March 30-April 1. He will then begin his Ego Death World Tour on April 2.
Rock will come full circle, as his tour is slated to end at the same venue where the ‘slapgate’ incident took place.
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