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Tyler Perry Clarifies He Was “De-escalating” the Situation Not “Comforting” Will Smith After Oscars Slap

While speaking with Gayle King for a Tribeca Festival chat in New York City on Monday, Tyler Perry clarified something when the topic of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars came up. During the wide-ranging conversation, the prolific producer was asked if Will Smith would keep his namesake soundstage at Tyler Perry […]

Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle Set Joint Stand-Up Show in London

Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle are teaming up for a joint stand-up show in London, a gig that was announced just weeks after both of the high-profile comedians were attacked onstage in separate incidents. The two will co-headline the show at the vast 02 Arena on Sept. 3, with Live Nation organizing what it is […]

Jada Pinkett Smith Hopes Will Smith, Chris Rock Have “Opportunity to Heal” and “Reconcile” After Oscars

Ahead of premiering Wednesday’s Red Table Talk discussion on alopecia, Jada Pinkett Smith briefly addressed the Oscars incident between husband Will Smith and Chris Rock. “This is a really important Red Table Talk on alopecia. Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me […]

The New NYC Piano Bar in NoHo Loved by Hollywood

Part of a mini-wave of piano bars in New York — including the new Melody’s on the Upper East Side (1020 Lexington Ave.) and the top floor of Midtown’s Pebble Bar (67 W. 49th St.) — The Nines opened in January in a space above Acme bistro. Jeremy Strong held a viewing party for Succession […]

Dave Chappelle’s Alleged Attacker Likens Tackle to Will Smith Oscars Slap

Isaiah Lee, the audience member arrested on suspicion of assault after he allegedly rushed the Hollywood Bowl stage and tackled Dave Chappelle, is now comparing what happened to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. “That’s not right what [Rock] said about [Smith’s] wife, calling her G.I. Jane,” Lee told the New York […]

Sean “Diddy” Combs Makes Subtle Joke About Oscars Slap at Billboard Music Awards

During Sunday night’s 2022 Billboard Music Awards, host and executive producer Sean “Diddy” Combs didn’t take long to allude to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars. After taking the stage at the start of the show, Combs made a subtle reference to the Oscars moment when teasing the party atmosphere set for […]

“There’s a Change in the Air”: David Spade on Comedy, Dating and Netflix’s Feedback About His Special

David Spade has never shied away from potentially pushing buttons, and his new Netflix special is certainly no exception, even if he claims to have no intention of spurring debate. The comedian recently dropped Nothing Personal, his first special for the streamer after starring in a number of Netflix films, including 2020’s The Wrong Missy […]

Dave Chappelle Provides New Details of Attack at Secret Stand-Up Show, Joined by Chris Rock Onstage

Two nights after a man attacked him onstage at the Hollywood Bowl, Dave Chappelle addressed the incident at a secret comedy show in Los Angeles on Thursday. The comedian performed at The Comedy Store, in the club’s 70-seat Belly Room. Although Chappelle’s appearance was a last-minute addition, pre-empting the usual Crack ‘Em Up Thursdays lineup for […]

David Letterman’s Netflix Talk Show Sets Will Smith, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ryan Reynolds as Guests

Will Smith is among the next batch of stars who will appear on David Letterman’s Netflix talk show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, but don’t expect any confessional TV moment. Smith’s appearance in Letterman’s hot seat was taped before he slapped and screamed profanities at Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony, so […]

Who’s Afraid of Streaming? Theater Owners’ Swagger Returns at CinemaCon

While the annual gathering of theater owners in Sin City wasn’t as rowdy as it might have been in pre-pandemic times, it returned to some semblance of normal as the box office makes gains and streaming turns out not to be the boogeyman that exhibitors feared. The Hollywood Reporter headed to CinemaCon to chronicle the […]

A Comedy Festival That’s No Joke

In what it has dubbed “the biggest comedy event in history (probably),” Netflix is hosting more than 250 live events in Los Angeles from April 28 to May 8. Netflix Is a Joke: The Festival will take over dozens of venues, from the Hollywood Bowl and Dodger Stadium to the Improv and the Laugh Factory. Headliners, many […]

Chris Rock’s Mom Calls Out Will Smith’s Oscars Ban: “You Don’t Even Go Every Year”

Chris Rock’s mom, Rose Rock, is sharing her thoughts on Will Smith slapping her son at the 2022 Oscars ceremony one month removed from the moment. Rock, an author and motivational speaker, told Columbia, South Carolina, news channel WIS that the comedian is doing well but “still processing” the incident that led Smith to resign […]