Chris Rock sees huge surge in tour ticket sales after Will Smith Oscars slap and clearly not everybody hates Chris

Chris Rock is about to start his world tour after the Oscars drama (Picture: AP/Getty)

Tickets for Chris Rock’s world tour have reportedly surged after he was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars 2022.

It all kicked off at Hollywood’s biggest night in film when comedian Chris made a joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. Jada, 50, has alopecia, and it’s thought that her condition is why Will took offence.

Will, 53, stormed the stage, slapping Chris, 57, and swearing at him from his seat. He has since apologised.

The comic’s Ego Death World Tour is set to kick off on April 2 – and, unlike his iconic sitcom would have you believe, clearly not everybody hates Chris.

Following the Oscars drama, ticket sales company TickPick claimed it ‘sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than in the past month combined.’

Following his US dates, Chris is set to head to the UK, playing the Royal Albert Hall in May.

It’ll be his first tour in the UK in five years, performing in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and London.

Some fellow comedians have also supported Chris ahead of his tour, with Adam Sandler tweeting a promotional snap and tweeting: ‘Can’t wait for this. Love you buddy!’

All eyes were on Chris and Will during this year’s ceremony, with the King Richard star going on to win the best actor Oscar for his performance as Serena and Venus Williams’ father.

Chris has stayed pretty quiet on the whole affair, but Will broke his silence to apologise.

‘Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive,’ he wrote.

‘My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.

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‘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.  

‘I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world. I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.’

He concluded: ‘I am a work in progress.’

The Academy has launched a formal investigation into the incident.

Metro.co.uk has contacted TickPick and Chris Rock for further comment.

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