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Chris Rock Netflix Comedy Special Set to Premiere Nearly One Year After Oscars Slap Controversy



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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Chris Rock performs during the the Movement Voter Project comedy benefit at The Bell House on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Movement Voter Project)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 24: Chris Rock performs in the course of the the Motion Voter Mission comedy profit at The Bell Home on October 24, 2018 within the Brooklyn borough of New York Metropolis. (Photograph by Michael Loccisano/Getty Photos for Motion Voter Mission)

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A date has been locked in for Chris Rock‘s new Netflix comedy particular.

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage – which can be live-streamed on Netflix – will premiere on March 4, almost a 12 months after the Oscar incident the place Will Smith, 54, slapped Rock, 57.

The notorious scene happened on the March 27 Oscars ceremony, earlier than Smith’s win for Greatest Actor. He walked onstage and hit Rock on live television after taking subject with a joke Rock made about spouse Jada Pinkett Smith‘s shaved head. (Jada, 50, lives with alopecia.)

The incident resulted in Smith’s resignation from the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences and a ban from attending Academy events for 10 years.

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Smith finally apologized to the comic in July with a video apology: “I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that got here again is that he is not prepared to speak, and when he’s he’ll attain out. So I’ll say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My habits was unacceptable, and I am right here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

Rock has since joked in regards to the incident, and even referenced it on stage throughout his U.Okay. tour with fellow comic Dave Chappelle, 49.

Chappelle reportedly called Smith’s action a “very strange choice,” throughout his set. He saluted Rock’s authenticity all through the years earlier than alleging that Smith “did an impression of an ideal man for 30 years,” per Deadline.

As soon as onstage, Rock additionally addressed the second, saying, “Did that s— harm? Goddamn proper… the motherf— hit me over a bulls—t joke, the nicest joke I ever informed.”

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Chris Rock: Selective Outrage would be the first comedy particular that Netflix will dwell stream in a worldwide occasion. It is going to even be Rock’s second particular on the streaming service after releasing Chris Rock: Tamborine in 2018. 

“Chris Rock is without doubt one of the most iconic and essential comedic voices of our technology,” Robbie Praw, Netflix vp of stand-up and comedy codecs, mentioned in a statement in November. “We’re thrilled the whole world will be capable to expertise a dwell Chris Rock comedy occasion and be part of Netflix historical past. This can be an unforgettable second and we’re so honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”

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The streaming service launched an identical concept with its dwell, in-person comedy occasion Netflix is a Joke: The Competition in Spring 2022. That occasion featured greater than 330 comedians performing reveals throughout 35 venues in Los Angeles, in response to the press launch.

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage will premiere on Netflix on March 4, 2023 at 10pm ET/7pm PT.