One of Chris Rock‘s jokes about Will Smith has reportedly been edited out of his Netflix special, after he messed it up during the live broadcast.
The comic had used his live show to break his silence on being slapped by the actor at the Academy Awards in March, issuing a series of stinging rebukes at Will and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
In the special, Chris discussed the slap in a stinging monologue, claiming Jada was the one who ‘started this’ as he argued she said he should ‘quit the Oscars’ because Will wasn’t nominated for the film Concussion.
However, Chris got the title of Will’s film wrong, and had to correct himself before admitting to the crowd he’d blundered the joke, with the now-edited version removing his apology and showing him using the correct title.
He said: ‘Years ago, his wife said I should quit the Oscars. I shouldn’t host ’cause her man didn’t get nominated for Emancipation.
Gone! One of Chris Rock’s jokes about Will Smith has reportedly been edited out of his Netflix special, after he messed it up during the live broadcast
Oops! After Chris admitted he ‘f****d up’ a joke about Will’s recent film Concussion, eagle-eyed fans have noticed the joke has been removed from the final cut of the special
‘The biggest piece of s**t ever. Okay, so the n****r gives me a f***ing concussion. No, not Emancipation, I f****d up the joke. Concussion.’
But, after Chris admitted he ‘f****d up’ a joke about Will’s recent film Concussion, eagle-eyed fans have noticed the joke has been removed from the final cut of the special.
The programme was originally broadcast live on Netflix on Friday, the first time a streaming service had done so.
Fans were quick to notice that when the special is watched now, Chris’ joke is delivered with the right film title, and his apology for messing it up has been removed.
One tweeted: ‘Feel so bad for Chris Rock. He waited a year to get his revenge against his bully and wrote an AMAZING final 10 minutes to his live special… then fumbled the last joke delivery on Concussion/Emancipation. Still spectacular of course but could’ve been out of this world.’
Another added: ‘Chris Rock really did have a year to practice that Will Smith concussion joke and choked on stage.’
One fan also tweeted: ‘Chris Rock really botched that Concussion/Emancipation joke.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Netflix for comment.
Look! Fans were quick to notice that when the special is watched now, Chris joke is delivered with the right film title, and his apology for messing it up has been removed
Incensed: Will is said to be ’embarrassed and hurt’ by Chris’ decision to base a new Netflix special on their notorious clash
Will is said to be ’embarrassed and hurt’ by Chris‘ decision to base a new Netflix special on their Oscars clash last year.
The pair made ceremonial history for the wrong reasons after Smith marched onstage and slapped Rock across the face for making a joke about wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia.
Smith has since been punished with a 10-year ban from the awards ceremony, while Rock – who was presenting at the event in 2022 – has used the incident as source material for his new stand-up show.
Appearing at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore – ironically the city of Pinkett-Smith’s birth – Rock, 58, has debuted a series of stinging rebukes aimed the married couple, among them a comedic monologue inspired by her extra-marital affair with singer August Alsina.
Sources have since told Entertainment Tonight that Smith has been deeply affected by the Netflix special, and is keen for Rock to ‘let it go.’
While reportedly hurt and embarrassed by Selective Outrage, the outlet claims Smith is yet to actually watch it and has instead been informed of its content from those who have.
Rock has accused the Oscar-winner of having ‘selective outrage’ during the show’s finale and added salt to the wound by rehashing Pinkett-Smith’s well documented infidelity.
But a source close to the comedian tells DailyMail.com that it could have been avoided with a simple ‘I am sorry’.
‘Chris never got a one-on-one private apology from Will, only the public one which really meant nothing,’ a source close to the comedian insisted. In fact, Will has only addressed the situation twice – once on Instagram the day after the Oscars and once in a video apology.
But the insider insisted that Rock’s decision to rehash the scandal in his Netflix show had nothing to do with seeking revenge, but was rather a way for the comedian to ‘get it all out’ and ‘be done with it’.
‘Chris wanted to get this out once and for all and be done with it. This was very cathartic to him,’ the source added.
The comedian certainly didn’t hold back when it came to dredging up the slapgate scandal on stage.
Instead, he doubled down on his attack on the A-list couple by bringing up Pinkett-Smith’s admitted affair with her son Jaden’s close friend, musician August Alsini, in 2020.
To a shocked audience, both live and on location, Rock said that Smith had misdirected anger due to the fact that ‘his wife was f***ing her son’s friend.’
Rock’s rant has since been applauded on social media as ‘the perfect/best way’ to get back at Smith for the moment that changed both of their careers.
The comedian made audience members and live viewers wait until the last ten minutes of ‘Chris Rock: Selective Outrage’ before he addressed the slap.
‘You all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith,’ the comedian joked. Rock said: ‘It still hurts. I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.’
Bringing Jada up in the show, he addressed her affair and his frustration that he was the one who ‘bore the brunt’ of the couple’s marital troubles.
‘Will Smith practices selective outrage,’ Rock said, giving a nod to the special’s title.
‘Everybody that really knows knows I had nothing to do with that. I didn’t have any entanglements…She hurt him way more than he hurt me.’
The slap occurred last year after Rock made a joke about Pinkett-Smith’s bald head, caused by alopecia.
Rock had joked that Pinkett-Smith was rocking a ‘G.I. Jane’ look which caused her husband to storm the stage and slap him, followed by him repeating: ‘Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth!’
During his new standup special, Rock joked about his struggle in the year since.
‘Anybody that say “words hurt” has never been punched in the face,’ he said.
‘But I’m not a victim, baby. You’ll never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying,’ Rock said. He joked that he ‘took that s**t like [Manny] Pacquaio.’
The crowd in the audience laughed out loud while those at home took to social media to give their thoughts.
And to add insult to injury, his humiliating blowback aired exactly one week before the the 2023 Oscars are set to take place on March 12 – an event that Smith has been banned from attending for the next ten years as a result of his violent outburst at last year’s ceremony.
The infamous slap occurred in March 2022 when Rock took the stage to present an Oscar for best documentary feature.
Turning to the Smith’s, he said that he was ‘looking forward’ to seeing Pinkett-Smith in G.I. Jane, poking fun at her shaved head.
Smith immediately got up on stage and slapped Chris in the side of his head. After returning to his front row seat, he yelled, ‘Keep my wife’s mother f***ing name out your mouth.’
Controversy: The pair made history for the wrong reasons after Smith marched onstage and slapped Rock across the face for making a joke about wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia
In the weeks that followed, the actor was forced to resign from the Academy, which subsequently banned him for 10 years.
During his Saturday night standup special, Rock shared his afterthoughts, telling the audience: ‘Anybody that say words hurt has never been punched in the face. But I’m not a victim, baby. You’ll never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying.
‘Everybody called him a b**ch, and who’s he hitting? Me. You all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith,’ he joked. ‘It still hurts. I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.’
Rock then addressed why he didn’t hit Will back, saying: ‘You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of white people.’