Chris Rock’s Netflix comedy special will premiere nearly a year after the Oscars slapstick controversy

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Chris Rock performs during The Movement Voter Project Comedy Benefit at Bell House on October 24, 2018 in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for the Movement Voter project)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 24: Chris Rock performs during The Movement Voter Project Comedy Benefit at Bell House on October 24, 2018 in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for the Movement Voter project)

Michael Loccisano/Getty for the Movement Voter project

A date has been set for Chris Rock’s new Netflix comedy special.

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage — which will stream live on Netflix — will premiere March 4, nearly a year after the Oscar incident in which Will Smith, 54, slapped Rock, 57.

The infamous scene took place at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 27, ahead of Smith’s Best Actor win. He took to the stage and hit Rock on live television after objecting to a joke Rock made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. (Jada, 50, lives with alopecia.)

The incident resulted in Smith’s resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a ban from attending Academy events for 10 years.

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Smith finally apologized to the comedian in July with an apology video: “I reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he will. So I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize with you. My behavior has been unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

Rock has since joked about the incident and even referenced it on stage during his UK tour with fellow comedian Dave Chappelle, 49.

Chappelle reportedly called Smith’s action a “very strange choice,” during his set. He hailed Rock’s authenticity over the years before stating that Smith “has been making the impression of a perfect man for 30 years,” per Deadline.

Once on stage, Rock also addressed the moment, saying, “Did it hurt? Damn right… motherfucker hit me for a bulls joke, cutest joke I ever told.”

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Chris Rock: Selective Outrage it will be the first comedy special Netflix will stream at a global event. It will also be Rock’s second special on the streaming service following release Chris Rock: Tamborino in 2018.

“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” Robbie Praw, Netflix vice president of stand-up comedy formats, said in a November statement. “We are thrilled that the entire world will be able to experience a Chris Rock comedy event live and be a part of Netflix history. This will be an unforgettable moment and we are so honored that Chris carries this torch.”

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The streaming service has launched a similar idea with its live comedy event Netflix is ​​a joke: the Festival in the spring of 2022. That event featured more than 330 comedians who performed shows at 35 venues in Los Angeles, according to the press release.

Chris Rock: Selective Outrage will premiere on Netflix on March 4, 2023 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.

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