Chris Rock stays tight-lipped about Will Smith’s Oscars slap as he arrives in Boston for show 

Chris Rock stayed tight-lipped Tuesday when he was spotted in public for the first time since Sunday night’s Oscars, where he was slapped by Will Smith during the live awards ceremony after making a joke about the actor’s wife. 

The comedian, 57, kept his head down under a ball cap as he arrived in Boston around 6 p.m. on Tuesday ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday and quickly got into a waiting vehicle refusing to answer any questions about Sunday’s slapdown. 

Smith has publicly apologized to Rock for slapping him in one of the most shocking moments in awards show history. Rock declined to press charges, but has remained silent and out of public view. 

The comedian is scheduled to perform a sold-out show tonight, making it his first public appearance since the incident at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony. 

Chris Rock stayed tight lipped Tuesday when he was spotted in public for the first time since he was slapped by actor Will Smith on stage at the Oscars Sunday night when he made a joke about Smith's wife Jada

Chris Rock stayed tight lipped Tuesday when he was spotted in public for the first time since he was slapped by actor Will Smith on stage at the Oscars Sunday night when he made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada

The comedian kept his head down under a ball cap as he arrived in Boston around 6 p.m. Tuesday and quickly got into a waiting vehicle refusing to answer questions about Sunday's incident

The comedian kept his head down under a ball cap as he arrived in Boston around 6 p.m. Tuesday and quickly got into a waiting vehicle refusing to answer questions about Sunday’s incident

Rock is scheduled to perform tonight at his sold-out show where tickets have soared into the thousands

Rock is scheduled to perform tonight at his sold-out show where tickets have soared into the thousands 

Ticket prices for Rock’s ‘Ego Death’ World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats spiked after Smith march on stage during the live show Sunday and smacked the stunned comedian across the face. 

Tickets on Stubhub are listed between $125 and $399. On Vividseats, tickets are listed between $244 and $1,150. And on TickPick, tickets are listed between $307 and $1,463.  

After arriving in Boston Tuesday, Rock was seen again later that night leaving Boston Hotel with his entourage, as he exited through a side door and immediately got into his waiting vehicle. He was thought to be headed to the Wilbur theater for rehearsals ahead of now sold-out shows.  

Rock will perform six shows at the Wilbur this week at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. Tickets for all shows are sold out, but tickets through third party distributors reportedly are available. 

TickPick sold more tickets overnight following the Oscars than they did in the past month combined, TickPick said wrote in a statement to the Boston Globe. Ticket prices for the shows skyrocketed 600 percent overnight, they added. The cheapest ticket was sold for $46 on March 18 – and now the lowest price is about $300.

Rock, 57, declined LAPD's offer to file a police report against Smith after being slapped in the face at Oscars

Rock, 57, declined LAPD’s offer to file a police report against Smith after being slapped in the face at Oscars

‘King Richard’ best actor winner Smith shocked the crowd and viewers at home Sunday when he took the stage during Rock’s remarks after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife. Rock said, ‘Jada, I love you. `G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.’

The joke touched a nerve. Pinkett Smith, whose head is shaved, has spoken publicly about her alopecia diagnosis.

Smith strode on stage and slapped Rock across the face. Back in his seat, Smith twice shouted for Rock to ‘get my wife’s name out your (expletive) mouth.’

His words echoed clearly throughout the Dolby, though broadcaster ABC cut the audio for about 15 seconds. Within 45 minutes, Smith won best actor. During his acceptance speech, Smith apologized to the academy. 

Smith on Monday also issued an apology to Rock, saying his behavior was ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’ and left him ’embarrassed’.

‘I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.’  

Rock, who had not been seen until today, told the Los Angeles Police Department that he does not want to press charges. A source told TMZ on Monday that after the slapping incident, he went backstage to his dressing room and has not spoken to Smith.  

But Smith could still face a misdemeanor charge for battery should Rock have a change of heart.  

Rock was later seen leaving Boston Hotel with his entourage, as he exited through a side door and got into his waiting vehicle

Rock was later seen leaving Boston Hotel with his entourage, as he exited through a side door and got into his waiting vehicle

Rock was thought to be headed to Wilbur theater for rehearsals ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday

Rock was thought to be headed to Wilbur theater for rehearsals ahead of his sold-out show Wednesday

Ticket prices for Rock's 'Ego Death' World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats spiked after the incident

Ticket prices for Rock’s ‘Ego Death’ World Tour soared into the thousands as demand for seats spiked after the incident 

 The Academy will meet Wednesday to decide whether to discipline Smith, possible taking away the gold statuette. 

Disciplinary action could include anything from forcing him to hand back his Oscar to the most severe punishment – suspension from the Academy – which would put Smith among the ranks of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, who were both expelled for sexual misconduct.   

A post-Oscars board meeting is always held to discuss the ceremony and address any concerns, but does not usually happen this soon, the Hollywood Reporter learned.

The decision to hold the meeting was made after the Academy met for an emergency call Monday night about the incident and released a statement announcing a launch of a formal review.

‘The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at last night’s show. We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law.’

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars on Sunday, after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. On Monday, Smith apologized

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars on Sunday, after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. On Monday, Smith apologized

Pictured: Chris Rock holds a hand to his face after he was slapped by Will Smith while presenting an award at Sunday night's Oscars ceremony in Hollywood

Pictured: Chris Rock holds a hand to his face after he was slapped by Will Smith while presenting an award at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony in Hollywood

O.J. Simpson chimed in on the slapdown Tuesday, saying he felt the same way when ‘every comedian in the country had an OJ routine.’

‘Look, I understood the feeling,’ said the acquitted double-murder suspect in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

‘In my life, I’ve been through a lot of crap when I was raising two young kids and every comedian in the country had an O.J. routine, and don’t think I wouldn’t want to [b**ch] slap a couple of them, but you got to accept that it’s human.’ 

Simpson, 74, who ended up being convicted for armed robbery in Las Vegas in 2008 before being paroled in 2017, said he felt sympathetic toward Smith. But the disgraced NFL great nicknamed Juice still said the actor was wrong to hurt the comedian over a ‘semi un-funny joke.’

‘Hey, look, it was unfortunate. I think Will was wrong.’ 

Simpson went on to say that ‘after what happened to me in Las Vegas,’ authorities would have put him in prison. He was convicted after attempting to steal back what he claimed was his own memorabilia at gunpoint at a hotel on The Strip. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison before being paroled.

‘If I would have done that in front of a billion people watching around the world, they would have given me life without [parole], I’m just saying.’

Simpson is now a ‘completely free man’ after being granted an early discharge from parole by the Nevada Parole Board. He was granted good behavior credits and discharged from parole effective December 1,

‘Mr. Simpson is a completely free man now,’ said Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson’s lawyer in Las Vegas.

The Juice said he felt sympathetic toward Smith, but still said the actor was wrong to hurt the comedian over a 'semi un-funny joke'

The Juice said he felt sympathetic toward Smith, but still said the actor was wrong to hurt the comedian over a ‘semi un-funny joke’

The View host Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors, believes Smith will be able to keep his Oscar after slapping Chris Rock onstage at the ceremony Sunday – but doubled down Tuesday on her expectation that he will face some kind of punishment for the on-stage assault.

‘There are consequences,’ she said during a taping of The View Tuesday. ‘There are big consequences because nobody is OK with what happened.’

‘Nobody, nobody, nobody,’ she added. 

She said that criticism of the stunned crowd was out of line because of the chaotic moment unfolding in real time.

The reason people went over to Smith, she said, is because ‘people thought Oh my god, is he having a break? Do we need to get him out? What do we need to do?’

The incident continues to be a national conversation and Goldberg added Tuesday that she hopes people begin to ask: ‘What could have triggered this?’

‘What’s happening is people are now starting to calm down and say, ‘Wait a minute, what could have triggered this?’ Could have been the four years ago, could have been anything.’

The ‘four years ago’ is in reference to Rock making jokes about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, at a another awards show.

Pinkett Smith, 50, finally broke her silence on Tuesday with an Instagram post that read, ‘This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.’

Pinkett Smith posted the words on a pink background, but did not share a caption. She has remained quiet since the dramatic events unfolded Sunday night.

Pinkett Smith has broken her silence after the incident between her husband and Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about her shaved head. She has been open about her struggle with alopecia on social media

Pinkett Smith has broken her silence after the incident between her husband and Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about her shaved head. She has been open about her struggle with alopecia on social media

'This is a season for healing and I'm here for it,' the actress posted to Instagram Tuesday, two days after the incident that stunned millions of viewers

‘This is a season for healing and I’m here for it,’ the actress posted to Instagram Tuesday, two days after the incident that stunned millions of viewers

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