‘I’m still processing what happened’

Actor Chris Rock speaks on stage during the 94th Oscars on March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

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Fans are hoping that Chris Rock will talk long and hard about slapping Will Smith at the Academy Awards on Sunday. They may have been disappointed Wednesday night during his first show since the Boston incident.

In the audio leaked from the sold-out show, Rock is heard to say, “I don’t have a bunch of bullets to talk about.”

He joked with the crowd that he had written his latest stand-up show before the Oscars and said “I’m still processing what happened.”

According to an NBC Boston reporter present on the show, Rock received multiple standing ovation. “So, how was your weekend?” Asking, he started laughing from the crowd.

Rock gets stuck in his prepared material, saying “I’m going to tell some jokes” and telling the audience that “at some point I’ll talk about it —“.

Rock comedy tour ticket sales have skyrocketed in the secondary market since Sunday. StubHub, a ticketing and resale company, said it saw 25 times the daily sales for rock shows in the days following the Oscars, surpassing the growing sales for comedian tours throughout the month of March.

On Monday, Smith formally apologized to Rock on social media, calling his behavior “unacceptable and unforgivable.” He had earlier apologized to the academy and his fellow nominees during his acceptance speech for Best Actor on Sunday.

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