Jerry Seinfeld Says Chris Rock Refused to Spoof Oscars Slap in ‘Unfrosted’

Mike Pont

Chris Rock would quite not relive the notorious second when Will Smith slapped him on the Oscars. 

When Jerry Seinfeld requested Rock, 59, to parody the incident in a scene for his new Netflix comedy, Unfrosted, the comic turned him down, Seinfeld stated on the Might 8 episode of Dana Carvey and David Spade’s “Fly on the Wall” podcast. 

Seinfeld, 70, directed and stars within the fictional origin story concerning the invention of Pop-Tarts. He had envisioned his longtime good friend Rock showing because the emcee of the film’s Bowl and Spoon Awards. Seinfeld “was gonna have someone come up on the stage and have Chris punch them out.”

“Chris wasn’t … he wasn’t as much as carry out,” Seinfeld stated. “He was nonetheless just a little shook from the occasion.”

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As an alternative, Seinfeld solid Cedric the Entertainer within the emcee function. Cedric “saved the day,” he added. He then requested the podcast hosts whether or not the joke would have labored if Rock had agreed to movie it. 

“With out the Will Smith factor, I feel it’s humorous,” Carvey stated. “It’s simply type of, there’s nonetheless type of a residual darkness round that second.”

“Yeah, isn’t that what we’re drawn to greater than something? Residual darkness?” Seinfeld mused. “I don’t know if it will have labored.”

“If Chris is there and needs to do it, you get it,” Carvey stated. “You possibly can all the time trim it. At all times get the shot.”

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Filming for Unfrosted befell in the course of 2022. Earlier that yr, Rock hosted the 94th annual Academy Awards and made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith‘s shaved head when he steered she needs to be solid in “G.I. Jane 2.” After Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia, rolled her eyes on the remark, her husband approached the stage and slapped the Saturday Night time Reside veteran.

Smith returned to his seat and yelled at Rock to “maintain my spouse’s identify out your f—king mouth.”

Rock finally addressed the drama in his March 2023 comedy particular Selective Outrage, which aired reside on Netflix.

“Individuals requested me if it harm,” Rock advised the viewers. “Sure, that s—t harm! I acquired hit so arduous, I heard ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ears.”

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Afterward, Smith gained the Finest Actor prize for his function in King Richard and issued a mea culpa to Rock.

“I want to publicly apologize to you, Chris,” he wrote through Instagram on the time. “I used to be out of line and I used to be improper. I’m embarrassed and my actions weren’t indicative of the person I wish to be. There isn’t a place for violence in a world of affection and kindness.”

Smith resigned from the Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences amid the controversy, and following an investigation, the Academy banned him from all Oscars occasions for 10 years as punishment.