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Chris Rock jokes that he was slapped by 'Suge Smith' hours after Will Smith issued his video apology

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Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars in March 2022.Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images
  • Chris Rock joked about Will Smith slapping him during a recent stand-up show in Atlanta.

  • The comedian said he got "smacked by Suge Smith" but still "went to work the next day."

  • Suge Knight, the former Death Row Records CEO, is currently in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

Chris Rock joked that he was "smacked by Suge Smith" during a comedy routine on Friday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

"Everybody is trying to be a fucking victim," Rock said, per People. "If everybody claims to be a victim, then nobody will hear the real victims. Even me getting smacked by Suge Smith ... I went to work the next day, I got kids."

Rock added: "Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face."

The stand-up show took place just a few hours after Will Smith issued a video apology for slapping Rock onstage during the Oscars in March. Rock did not address the apology.

The joke was apparently intended to compare Smith to Marion "Suge" Knight, who is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter, according to The New York Times.

Knight was originally charged with murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run after an incident on the set of the 2015 film "Straight Outta Compton," per the NYT. Knight was reportedly involved in a dispute with two men, Terry Carter and Cle "Bone" Sloan, which led to Knight hitting the two men with his truck and killing Carter.

According to a 2018 report by The Sun, the former rap mogul also had a reputation for violence during his tenure as CEO of Death Row Records. He was accused of dangling Vanilla Ice by his feet over a hotel balcony, for example, though Ice denied this happened during a 2017 appearance on"The Dan Patrick Show."

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Suge Knight appears in court pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in 2018.Gary Coronado-Pool/Getty Images

Smith said he "made a mistake" during a nearly six-minute video posted on YouTube on Friday.

"I've reached out to Chris, and the message that came back is he's not ready to talk and, when he is, he will reach out," the actor said.

He then looked into the camera and said, "I apologize to you," adding: "I'm here whenever you're ready to talk."

Smith went on to apologize to his family and to his fellow Oscar nominees from that night, especially Questlove, who accepted the Oscar for best documentary feature for his movie "Summer of Soul" right after the slap.

"Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down," he said.

"It hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn't live up to people's image and impression of me," he added. "I'm trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself."

Read the original article on Insider