According to a report, Will Smith felt “humiliated and distressed” by Chris Rock’s remarks in his recent Netflix special.
In his special titled “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage,” the well-known comedian took aim at Smith, especially for hitting him during the Oscars ceremony last year. Rock held nothing back in his comedy routine, taking several jabs at the Oscar-winning actor, including recalling the incident when Smith struck him in the face while they were on stage.
“Will is embarrassed and hurt by what Chris said about him and his family in his Netflix special,” a source told Entertainment Tonight.
“He didn’t watch it, but he had people tell him what Chris said,” the insider went on, adding that “Will and Jada (Pinkett Smith) have seen comments about it.”
According to reports, Smith considers it “disgraceful” of Netflix to air Rock’s special.
The Post has contacted Smith’s representatives for comment.
At last year’s Oscars live broadcast, Smith, who is 54 years old, walked up to the stage and slapped Rock after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rock, who is 58 years old, compared Pinkett Smith to Demi Moore’s bald character “G.I. Jane,” which elicited a physical response from Smith. Smith then returned to his seat and yelled twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth!”
During his live stand-up performance on Saturday, Rock made several comments about Smith’s intense reaction.
The comedian accused Smith of being angry about his wife’s affair with singer August Alsina, which the couple later talked about on her online show “Red Table Talk.”
“Everybody in the world called him a b–h,” Rock said of Smith. “Everybody. Everybody. And who did he hit? Me. A person he knows he could beat up. That is cowardly behavior.”
“Yes, everyone knows about it. It happened. I was smacked in the face by this guy at the Oscars a year ago,” he said.
“But I’m not a victim, baby. You will never see me on Oprah or Gayle [King], crying.”
After the audience erupted in cheers and applause, Rock boasted, “No. It’s never gonna happen. No. F–k that s–t. I took that hit like [former professional boxer Manny] Pacquiao.”
Shortly after the incident, Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard” and was even given a standing ovation by the audience. However, following the backlash to his actions, Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been banned from attending any academy events for the next 10 years.
The Academy recently spoke out about the incident, admitting its handling of the ordeal was “inadequate.”