Dave Chappelle says that earlier than Oscars slap, Will Smith ‘did an impression of an ideal man for 30 years’

Chappelle is within the midst of a joint comedy tour with Chris Rock, who in March was slapped whereas presenting on stage on the Academy Awards by actor Will Smith.

“A lot of people forget who Will Smith is,” Chappelle mentioned on stage at Liverpool’s M&S Financial institution Area, in keeping with British information outlet, The Telegraph. “Then 10 minutes before he was about to get the biggest award… he acted like he was back in Philadelphia.”
Smith received a greatest actor award for his function as Richard Williams, the daddy of Venus and Serena Williams, within the movie “King Richard.” However his win was overshadowed by his conduct that evening, which was condemned by the Academy and earned Smith a 10-year ban from Academy occasions.

“Will did the impression of a perfect person for 30 years, and he ripped his mask off and showed us he was as ugly as the rest of us,” Chappelle mentioned. “Whatever the consequences are… I hope he doesn’t put his mask back on again, and lets his real face breathe….I see myself in both men.”

A consultant for Chappelle confirmed The Telegraph’s reporting. CNN has reached out to representatives for Rock and Smith for remark.

Chappelle made the feedback throughout the first of three reveals as a part of their UK tour. They’ve two consecutive dates scheduled this weekend at London’s O2 area, with extra dates scheduled all through Europe.

Rock reportedly additionally addressed the slap, joking that Smith “hit me over a bullsh-t joke, the nicest joke I ever told,” in keeping with The Telegraph and The Occasions of London.
In July, Smith opened up in regards to the incident in a video posted to Instagram, saying he was “deeply remorseful.”