Chris Rock's Failed Will Smith Joke Hits The Global Stage

Chukwudi Onyewuchi
Comedian Chris Rock
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The 2022 Oscars remains one of the most talked about events due to the Chris Rock and Will Smith altercation. A year after the incident, things don't seem to have improved between the duo, as Chris and Will are again in the headlines. This time, it is due to a failed Will Smith joke. Here are the details.

Chris Releases Netflix Special

Reports have revealed that one of Chris' jokes about Will has been edited out of his March 4, 2023, Netflix special after the former messed it up during the live broadcast.

Chris Speaks About The Oscars Slap

Chris had used his live show to finally speak about being slapped by the actor at the Oscars in March 2022, issuing several stinging rebukes at Will and his wife, Jada.

Chris Blames Jada For Everything 

Jada Pinkett-Smith
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In the Netflix special, the comedian talked about the slap, claiming that Jada started everything when she asked him to quit the Oscars because Will wasn't nominated for the movie Concussion.

Chris Makes A Mistake 

However, Chris got the title of the Bad Boys star's film wrong and had to correct himself before admitting to the crowd that he had blundered the joke.

Details Of The Joke

Chris Rock at Oscars 2022
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Chris said, "Years ago, his wife said I should quit the Oscars. I shouldn't host 'cause her man didn't get nominated for Emancipation, the biggest piece of s**t ever."

Chris Admits He Messed Up 

Immediately, the comedian realized he messed up the movie name and said, "No, not Emancipation; I f****d up the joke. Concussion."

Fans Spot Something Different 

However, after Chris acknowledged he messed up the joke, eagle-eyed fans noticed that it had been removed from the special's final cut.

Chris Cuts Out The Blunder 

In the video, the comedian's joke was delivered with the right title, and his apologies for messing it up had been edited.

Will Is Unhappy With The Special

While the special has been making the rounds, a source has revealed that Will is not pleased by Chris' decision to base it on their Oscars clash.

The 2022 Oscars Slap 

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock
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The Hollywood icons made the headlines for the wrong reasons after Will went on stage and slapped Chris for making a joke about his wife's alopecia.

Will's Punishment 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-air star has since been punished with a ten-year ban from the Oscars, while Chris has used the incident as source material for his new stand-up show.

Chris Makes Stinging Rebukes At The Couple 

Will Smith and Jada
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The 58-year-old has debuted a series of stinging rebukes aimed at Will and Jada, including a comedic monologue inspired by the latter's extra-marital affair with August Alsina.

Will Wants Chris To Let It Go 

A source has since revealed to ET that Will is hurt and embarrassed by the Netflix special release and is keen for the comedian to "let it go."

Will Hasn't Watched The Special

Despite being deeply affected, Will is reportedly yet to watch the special and has chosen to get information about the production's content from people who have watched it.

Chris Accuses Will

Chris Rock
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In the show's finale, Chris accused Will of having selective outrage and added more salt to the injury by rehashing Jada's well-documented infidelity.

Chris Wants A Private Apology

However, a close source to Chris noted that all of these could have been avoided with a simple "I am sorry." According to the source, Chris only got a public apology from Will, which meant nothing.

Chris Has Only A Gotten Public Apology

The source explained that Will only addressed the Oscars slap twice — once on Instagram, the day after the 2022 Academy Awards, and in a video apology.

Chris' Special Has Nothing To Do With Revenge 

However, the source claimed Chris' decision to rehash the scandal in his Netflix special had nothing to do with revenge.

Why Did Chris Release His Special?

According to the source, Chris wanted to get everything out once and for all and be done with it, adding that it was very cathartic to him. In the meantime, the public is waiting for a possible response from Will.