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Rock says he’s ‘still processing what happened’ at Oscars

By Chloe Melas | CNN

Chris Rock made an emotional return to the stage on Wednesday night for the first time since Will Smith slapped him at the Academy Awards.

Rock, dressed in white, publicly addressed the incident for the first time. He was greeted by the audience at the Wilbur Theater in Boston with two standing ovations in a row, which lasted several minutes.

“Let me be all foggy and shitty,” Rock said with tears in his eyes, gesturing to the warm response from the crowd.

“How was your weekend?” he joked, to which the audience responded with laughter.

“I don’t have a lot of shit to say about it, so if you came here for it,” he said, paused and then continued, “I had written an entire program before this weekend. I’m still processing what happened, so in some “I’ll talk about that shit. It’s going to be serious. It’s going to be funny, but I’m going to tell some jokes right now.”

The comedian, currently on his “Ego Death Tour”, then continued with his show.

The tour experienced a boost in ticket sales since the Oscars, with Wednesday’s two concerts in Boston sold out.

Rock’s performance comes as announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “disciplinary proceedings” against Smith were initiated by his actions at the Oscars on Sunday.

The actor took to the stage at the awards ceremony and slapped Rock, who was performing at the time, after he made a joke about Smith’s wife’s shaved head.

Smith apologized Monday in a statement on Instagram, calling his behavior “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

“I would like to apologize publicly, Chris. I was offline and I was wrong. I am ashamed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no room for violence in a world of love and kindness,” Smith wrote.

In its statement Wednesday, the Academy said Smith was asked to leave the ceremony after the altercation “and refused.” The Academy said it acknowledges that “we could have handled the situation differently.”

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