from Chris Rock brother actor and comedian Tony Rock has revealed Will Smith never contacted the next star *that* Oscar moment.
The 48-year-old insisted his side of the story was true, despite 54-year-old Will saying in a video in July that he had “reached out” to 58-year-old Chris, but the stand-up hadn’t ready to talk’.
Tony — who cast Will in his 2005 superhero comedy Hitch — told BigBoyTV of Will’s claim, “That wasn’t true, that wasn’t true. I think two nights later he said “I contacted Chris and he wouldn’t talk”. That wasn’t true’.
He added that he was also surprised that Will had never contacted him either, saying, “He doesn’t owe me anything, I just thought we were better than that.”
My phone number has never changed. So I thought one day I’d get a call like, “Ay, let’s just talk”.
“It didn’t happen, so I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Tony also said he didn’t see Will hit Chris live because he doesn’t watch the Academy Awards, adding, “I don’t support the Oscars because the Oscars don’t support black films.”
He said he was watching a basketball game instead when his phone started going “crazy” after Will hit Chris for comparing his 51-year-old wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s buzzcut to Demi Moore’s in GI Jane.
The comedian added, “When your phone starts going crazy, as a black person you think…something bad.”
He also said his father had told him, “If your brother’s in a fight, you’re in a fight,” so he wanted to come to Chris’s defense.
Explaining how he told Chris to “stay cool” after the Oscars, Tony said how the comic dealt with the attack in his recent Selective Outrage Netflix special, “genius” was as it was “calculated.”
The star scolded A-listers for not helping his brother at the Oscars, but comforted Will, adding: “No one helped my brother…I saw Samuel L (Jackson) and Denzel (Washington) comfort Will, but nothing against my brother’.
It has been reported that Chris never had a ‘one-on-one’ private apology from Will.
An insider told the Mail Online in March: ‘Chris never got a one-to-one private apology from Will, just the public one that really meant nothing.
“Chris wanted to get this out there once and for all and get rid of it. This was very cathartic for him.’
The day after he hit Chris on the face of it at the Oscars for joking about his wife Jada’s buzzcut, Will said on Instagram, “I want to apologize Chris, I was out of line and I was wrong.”
In July 2022, the actor posted a fawning video saying to Chris, “I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’ll be here when you’re ready to talk.”
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