By Laura Fox and Jason Chester for MailOnline
08:36 10 Mar 2023, update 10:01 10 Mar 2023
One of Chris Rock’s jokes about Will Smith was reportedly deleted from his Netflix special, after he spoiled it during the live stream.
The comic had used his live show to break his silence after he was slapped by the actor at the Oscars in March, launching a series of scathing rebukes at Will and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
But, after Chris admitted he “screwed up” a joke on Will Concussion’s recent film, eagle-eyed fans noticed the joke was removed from the final cut of the special.
The program originally aired live on Netflix on Friday, the first time a streaming service has done so.
It has been reported that Will is “embarrassed and hurt” by Chris’ decision to base his Netflix special on their confrontation, and is keen for him to “let it go”.
On his special, Chris discussed the slap in a scathing monologue, claiming Jada was the one who ‘started it’ as he argued she said he should ‘quit the Oscars’.
Chris added that Jada called him quitting because Will wasn’t nominated for Concussion.
However, Chris got the title of Will’s movie wrong and had to correct himself before admitting to the crowd that he had blundered.
He said: “Years ago his wife said I should quit the Oscars. I shouldn’t host because her man wasn’t nominated for Emancipation.
‘Biggest piece of shit ever. Alright, so the nigga give me a fucking concussion. No, not Emancipation, I screwed up the joke. Concussion.’
Fans were quick to notice that when the special is watched now, Chris’ joke comes with the correct movie title, and his apology for spoiling it has been removed.
One tweeted: “I feel so bad for Chris Rock”. He waited a year to get revenge on his bully and wrote an AMAZING last 10 minutes for his live special… then fumbled the latest joke on Concussion/Emancipation. Still spectacular of course, but could have been out of this world.
Another added: “Chris Rock really had a year to practice that Will Smith concussion joke and got choked up on stage.”
A fan also tweeted, “Chris Rock really missed that Concussion/Emancipation joke.”
MailOnline has contacted a Netflix representative for comment.
Will is said to be “embarrassed and hurt” by Chris Rock’s decision to base a new Netflix special on their Oscars clash last year.
The couple made ceremony history for all the wrong reasons after Smith took the stage and slapped Rock in the face for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia.
Smith has since been punished with a 10-year ban from the awards show, while Rock – who was presenting at the event in 2022 – used the incident as a source for his new stand-up show.
Appearing at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore – ironically the birthplace of Pinkett-Smith – Rock, 58, launched a series of scathing rebukes aimed at the married couple, including a comedic monologue inspired by his extra-marital affair with singer August Alsina.
Sources have since told Entertainment Tonight that Smith was deeply affected by the Netflix special and wanted Rock to “let it go”.
Although he was reportedly hurt and embarrassed by Selective Outrage, the outlet claims that Smith hasn’t watched it yet and was instead told about its contents by those who have.
Rock accused the Oscar-winning actor 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’m sorry”.
“Chris never received a one-on-one private apology from Will, only a public apology that really meant nothing,” insisted a source close to the comedian. In fact, Will only addressed the situation twice — once on Instagram the day after the Oscars and once in an apology video.
But the insider insisted that Rock’s decision to dwell on the scandal on his Netflix show had nothing to do with seeking revenge, but rather was a way for the comedian to “get it all out” and “d ‘end it’.
“Chris wanted to get this out once and for all and be done with it. It was very cathartic for him,’ the source added.
The actor certainly did not hesitate to bring up the slapgate scandal on stage.
Instead, he doubled down on his attack on the A-list couple by bringing up Pinkett-Smith’s confessed affair with his son Jaden’s close friend, musician August Alsini, in 2020.
To a shocked audience, both live and on location, Rock said Smith misdirected his anger due to “his wife fucking his son’s friend.”
Rock’s rant has since been applauded on social media as “the best/perfect way” to get back to Smith for the moment that changed both of their careers.
The comedian made viewers and live viewers wait until the final ten minutes of “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage” before addressing the slap.
“You all know what happened to me, getting punched by Suge Smith,” the comedian joked. Rock said, “It still hurts. I have ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.’
Bringing Jada onto the show, he addressed her affair and her frustration at being the one who “carried the brunt” of the couple’s marital issues.
“Will Smith practices selective outrage,” Rock said, winking at the title of the special.
“Anyone who really knows knows I had nothing to do with it. I had no entanglements… She hurt him way more than he hurt me.
The slap came last year after Rock made a joke about Pinkett-Smith’s bald head caused by alopecia.
Rock joked that Pinkett-Smith was sporting a “GI Jane” look, which caused her husband to storm the stage and slap him, followed by him repeating: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth!’
During his new stand-up special, Rock joked about his struggle over the ensuing year.
‘Anyone who says ‘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 shit like (Manny) Pacquaio”.
The crowd in the audience laughed out loud as those at home took to social media to offer their thoughts.
And to add insult to injury, his humiliating flashback aired exactly a week before the 2023 Oscars were held on March 12 – an event Smith was banned from attending for the next ten years following. of his violent outburst at last year’s ceremony.
The infamous slap in the face happened in March 2022 when Rock took the stage to present an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Turning to the Smiths, he said he was “looking forward” to seeing Pinkett-Smith in GI Jane, mocking her shaved head.
Smith immediately took the stage and slapped Chris on the side of the head. After returning to his front row seat, he shouted, “Keep my wife’s mother’s fucking name in your mouth.”
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 special, Rock shared his afterthoughts, telling the audience, “Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face. But I’m not a victim, baby. You don’t never see me on Oprah or Gayle crying.
“Everyone called him ab**ch, and who is he hitting? Me. Y’all know what happened to me, getting hit by Suge Smith,’ he joked. ‘It still hurts. I have ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.’
Rock then explained why he didn’t hit back at Will, saying, “You know what my parents taught me?” Don’t fight in front of white people.