Will Smith ’embarrassed’ by Chris Rock Netflix special: report


March 9, 2023 | 8:19

Will Smith was left “embarrassed and hurt” by Chris Rock’s comments in his latest Netflix special, according to a report.

The famous funnyman used his latest Netflix special to verbally blast Smith for punching him on stage at last year’s Academy Awards.

Among the countless digs at the Oscar winner in his comedy special, titled “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage,” Rock left no stone unturned when he recalled the moment the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor punched him in the face .

“Will is embarrassed and hurt by what Chris said about him and his family in his Netflix special,” a source told Entertainment Tonight.

“He didn’t see it, but he had people tell him what Chris said,” the insider continued, adding that “Will and Jada (Pinkett Smith) have seen comments about it.”

“Will apologized to Chris and wanted Chris to let it go,” the source added.

Smith was reportedly left “embarrassed and hurt” by Chris Rock’s comments in his latest Netflix special.
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Smith reportedly feels that Netflix made a “shameful” move in airing Rock’s special.

The Post has contacted Smith’s representatives for comment.

During last year’s Oscars live telecast, Smith, 54, took to the stage and punched Rock after the comedian made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Rock accused Smith of venting anger over his wife’s affair with singer August Alsina.

Rock, 58, compared Pinkett Smith — who has alopecia and shaved her head last summer — to Demi Moore’s bald “GI Jane” character, prompting a physical reaction from Smith.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your f-king mouth!” Smith then yelled — twice — after returning to his seat.

During Saturday’s stand-up live stream, Rock made a number of remarks about Smith’s explosive reaction.

Rock made a number of digs at Smith in his latest Netflix special.

The funnyman accused Smith of venting anger over his wife’s May-December affair with singer August Alsina, which the couple later discussed on her online “Red Table Talk” show.

“Everybody in the world called him ab-h,” Rock said of Smith. “Everybody. Everybody. And who’s he hit? Me. A na he know he could hit. That’s some b—h-ass s—t.”

“Every f-king knows it. Yeah! It happened. I got smashed like a year ago,” he said. “I got smacked in the f-king Oscars by this grandma!”

Will Smith beat Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards last year.
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“People like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurts! I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears!” Rock continued by referencing Smith’s 1991 hip-hop hit with former musical partner DJ Jazzy Jeff.

“But I’m not a victim, baby. You’ll never see me cry on Oprah or Gayle (King).

After the crowd erupted into cheers and applause, Rock boasted, “No. That’s never going to happen. No F–k the s–t. I took it here like (former professional boxer Manny) Pacquiao.”

Will Smith was seen reacting to Chris Rock’s joke at the Oscars.
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Less than an hour after the slap, Smith won the Oscar for best actor for his role in “King Richard,” and even received a standing ovation from the audience.

Smith has since resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following the uproar over his actions.

He was also banned from attending academy events for the next 10 years.

The academy recently spoke out about the incident, admitting its handling of the ordeal was “inadequate.”

The Oscars will take place on March 12.

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