A sullen Chris Rock was seen arriving in Boston Tuesday night for his sold-out “Ego Death” comedy show and refused to field any questions having remained tightlipped since the slapping incident with Will Smith occurred Sunday night, while the Academy prepares a conduct review.
Rock, 57, was seen wearing a baseball cap and again arriving at his hotel later that evening. While Smith has since issued an apology for hitting the comedian after reacting negatively to a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith at the 94th Academy Awards, and while an investigation into the matter has begun, Rock has issued no official statements.
The Boston leg of Rock’s “Ego Death” tour has the comedian performing six shows spread out across three nights at the Wilbur Theater, between Wednesday and Friday. According to the Boston Globe, tickets for each show sold out are now selling for upwards of $1,400 through third-party distributors as many hope he will speak out during his performance.
#ChrisRock Arrives in #Boston for Sold Out Shows After Will Smith Altercation. He is preparing to kick off his "Ego Death World Tour."
Trust it will not be an empty seat in the house! #Oscars #EgoDeathWorldTour pic.twitter.com/mnMXvun5B2
— Maurice Ash (@ItsMauriceAsh) March 30, 2022
Stubhub listed available options from $125 to $399, Vividseats had offerings ranging from $244 to $1,150, and TickPick, who reported selling more tickets in one night after the Oscar ceremony than they had in the month leading up to it, had a range from $307 to $1,463.
On March 18, the cheapest option had been $46.
👀 Chris Rock spotted in Boston! @7News was there as the comedian checked into his hotel ahead of his six sold-out shows at the Wilbur Theater.
These will be his first performances since Will Smith slapped him onstage at the Oscars.
More: https://t.co/MTvh7x7bcD pic.twitter.com/dx2WXXjQ8a
— Rob Way (@RobWayTV) March 30, 2022
Anticipation has been building, especially in light of Rock’s decision to not press charges for the assault. A statement was issued promptly by the Los Angeles Police Department Sunday declaring as much.
The Los Angeles Police Department told @ABC News it is aware of the onstage altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock, but no police report has been filed. https://t.co/F827hXsWGm pic.twitter.com/ITvGPCmDhr
— ABC News (@ABC) March 28, 2022
As for Smith’s fate following the altercation, the Academy has made clear that they do not condone any violence and the Board of Governors are set to meet Wednesday to begin making a determination on how they will reprimand the actor for his behavior.
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
The Daily Mail reported on the full contents of a letter addressed to members from Academy President Dave Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson that was leaked ahead of the meeting.
“Sunday’s telecast of the 94th Oscars was meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year,” it began. “We are upset and outraged that those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior on stage by a nominee.”
“To be clear,” the letter stated unequivocally, “we condemn Mr. Smith’s actions that transpired Sunday night.”
The letter then proceeded to report that the Board of Governors will take every action as required by law and as set forth in the Standards of Conduct and asked for patience with the board and Academy staff as the process could take several weeks to conclude.
Their decision could result in Smith having to return his Best Actor award for his performance in “King Richard” or even his suspension from the Academy which would bar him from further attendance of ceremonies and possible nominations.
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