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'I Was Wrong,' Will Smith Tells Chris Rock in Post

Support and backlash are circulating after Oscar-winning actor slapped comedian onstage

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated to include Will Smith's online post Monday. Will Smith has written a public apology to Chris Rock for slapping him Sunday night during the Academy Awards ceremony, Variety reports. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris," says the Instagram...

Comedians Speak Out Against Will Smith Slap

'What you saw on TV was a guy with real issues,' says Howard Stern

(Newser) - Chris Rock isn't pressing charges after being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday night—but if the case went to a jury of the two men's celebrity peers, it would likely be very difficult to reach a verdict. Some, especially comedians, slammed Smith's behavior...

Shocking Moment at Oscars Between Will Smith, Chris Rock
Will Smith Slaps
Chris Rock at Oscars
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Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock at Oscars

After joke about Jada Pinkett Smith

(Newser) - A 94th Academy Awards that steadily maintained a buoyant spirit was rocked by an unbelievable exchange after Will Smith took offense to a joke made by Chris Rock about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. After Rock joked to Pinkett Smith that he was looking forward to a sequel to GI ...

Chris Rock Has COVID and a Message
Chris Rock
and a Message

Chris Rock Has COVID and a Message

'Trust me you don't want this,' comedian tweets

(Newser) - Chris Rock has joked about having received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. "That's the food stamps of vaccines," the 56-year-old comedian said in May on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, People reports. But he left humor out when he announced Sunday on Twitter that...

In SNL Return, Chris Rock Takes a Jab at Trump

And Jim Carrey plays Joe Biden for the first time

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live went political with a parody of this week’s presidential debate and a jab at President Trump from host Chris Rock. The series opened its 46th season with Alec Baldwin returning to play Trump, while Jim Carrey made his feature debut as Biden. In the sketch , the...

SNL Reveals Its New Joe
SNL Has Its New Biden 

SNL Has Its New Biden

Jim Carrey joins show for season 46, kicking off this weekend as Maya Rudolph returns as Kamala

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live has offered a sneak peak at Jim Carrey as Joe Biden ahead of the season 46 premiere this weekend. An 18-second teaser released Thursday shows Carrey in a makeup chair, being fitted with a white wig. The look is made complete with bushy white eyebrows and crow'...

Cuomo: Stores Can Require Masks
New York Stores
Can Require Masks

New York Stores Can Require Masks

Chris Rock, Rosie Perez help governor make his point

(Newser) - With an executive order, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given retail stores the OK to refuse admittance to anyone not wearing a mask. Shoppers "don't have the right" to expose a store owner to the virus, the governor said in his press briefing Thursday, CBS reports. He...

20-Year-Old SNL Sketch Causing Problems for Jimmy Fallon

In it, he dons blackface

(Newser) - A 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch has come back to haunt Jimmy Fallon. Fallon, now the host of the Tonight Show, was at the time an SNL cast member doing an impression of Chris Rock—in blackface. (Rock left the show in 1993.) The skit was resurfaced on Twitter...

Chris Rock: 'They Said No Jussie Smollett Jokes.' Forget About That

The comedian cracks everyone up at the NAACP Image Awards

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett didn't show up Saturday for the NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood, but Chris Rock did—and he didn't hold back, USA Today reports. "They said 'No Jussie Smollett jokes,'" said Rock after he came onstage to present outstanding comedy series. "What...

Fargo, Dead? Not With Chris Rock Coming on Board

Rock says he 'can't wait' to star in season four

(Newser) - Chris Rock is returning to FX, but don't expect any standup. The funny man will star in season four of Fargo as the head of a black crime family in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950, Variety reports. The show will depict Rock's syndicate and an Italian family in...

Sources: Chris Rock Making $40M Return to TV

2 stand-up comedy specials will air on Netflix

(Newser) - Chris Rock has been missing from the small screen for eight years, but the comedian's fans will be pleased to hear that not everybody hates Chris: He's cut a comeback deal for two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix for what sources tell the Hollywood Reporter is a record-smashing...

Takei, Other Asian Academy Members Blast Oscars' Asian Jokes

Letter to Academy calls skits on awards show 'tasteless and offensive'

(Newser) - The child actors who were part of a joke about Asians on Oscars night seem unperturbed by the ensuing controversy, but more than two dozen members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are of Asian descent feel otherwise. Per the Hollywood Reporter , 25 members—including director...

Oscars Kid Unfazed by Asian Joke, Mom Not So Much

'This was not OK and should never have happened'

(Newser) - Little Estie Kung has never seen Chris Rock's work (not even Madagascar) and doesn't quite understand the ins and outs of child labor. So when the 8-year-old child actor and chef (she's competed on FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) became the center of a controversy...

With Chris Rock, Oscars Was Nearly 'Revolutionary'

Host getting mostly strong reviews

(Newser) - So how did Chris Rock do as host of the Oscars, or as he called them, "the White People's Choice Awards"? Pretty well, according to most reviewers:
  • "From the moment he stepped onto the stage in a white tuxedo jacket, it was clear he was not

Chris Rock's Oscars Beef: 'We Want Opportunity'

Host touches on diversity in Hollywood, slams Jada Pinkett Smith

(Newser) - Chris Rock's cryptic tweet on Friday about a "blackout" had many wondering what the comedian had in store for his second turn hosting the Academy Awards (Weinstein Co. co-chair Harvey Weinstein, for one, predicted Rock would "annihilate" Hollywood, per the Hollywood Reporter ). This anticipation was spawned...

Black Stars Are Boycotting 'Lily White' Oscars

Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee will skip Academy Awards

(Newser) - Chris Rock lamented last week that the Oscars are essentially "the white BET awards." He can't exactly skip them, since he's the host —but other black stars can. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have both pledged to boycott this year's Academy Awards, for...

Chris Rock Returning to Host Oscars

He did it once before, 11 years ago

(Newser) - Chris Rock will host this year's Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday. It's actually a return gig for the 50-year-old comedian and actor, who hosted 11 years ago. The Los Angeles Times recounts that he received "wildly divisive reviews" on that first...

Chris Rock on Split: 'Some Days You're Outta Your Mind'

Comedian talks divorce with the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - Chris Rock mostly focused on his career during a new, extensive interview with the Guardian , but he also mentioned a bit about how he feels in the wake of his divorce last year from his wife of nearly two decades. "I’m doing OK. You know, some days are...

Why Chris Rock Is Getting Divorced

And more bad news for Hollywood couples

(Newser) - Chris Rock was apparently unhappy when soon-to-be-ex-wife Malaak's statement made it sound like their decision to divorce was a mutual one, so, as TMZ puts it, his people "fired back ... making it clear HE was the one who filed for divorce." Now, sources connected to the couple...

Chris Rock, Wife Divorcing
 Chris Rock, Wife Divorcing 

Chris Rock, Wife Divorcing

Marriage of 19 years to Malaak Compton-Rock is ending

(Newser) - Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly two decades, Malaak Compton-Rock, Rock's rep tells the Hollywood Reporter . "This is a personal matter, and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family," the rep says. Compton-Rock,...

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