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Ready to rock: Netflix sets first live-streamed event with Chris Rock special

November 14, 2022

Netflix will stream an event live for the first time next year, with comedian Chris Rock hosting a real-time special for the on-demand platform that has lured millions of viewers away from traditional broadcast television, reports Yahoo.

The standup show—which will be Rock’s second for Netflix after 2018’s “Chris Rock: Tamborine,”—will be available to watch in early 2023, the company said, without providing further details.

“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” said Netflix Comedy VP Robbie Praw, in a statement. “We’re thrilled the entire world will be able to experience a live Chris Rock comedy event and be a part of Netflix history.

Praw added, “This will be an unforgettable moment and we’re so honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”

Netflix, which lost subscribers for the first time earlier this year before recently reporting a return to growth, has been experimenting with new models, including a cheaper subscription option subsidized by advertisements.

On Tuesday, November 8, The Wall Street Journal reported that Netflix was looking into offering live sports on its platform for the first time. Rivals including Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video already offer live events, including sports and musical events.

Netflix hosts a live comedy festival at more than 35 venues in Los Angeles, but those shows have not yet been available to stream live on its platform.

Rock, one of the world’s biggest comics, drew headlines in March when he was slapped on-stage by Will Smith at the Oscars.

Research contact: @Yahoo

Flashpoint of the Oscars: Will Smith slaps Chris Rock

March 29, 2022

In the room, it felt like a skit at first, reports Variety.

Late into the Oscars ceremony on March 21, actor  Will Smith stormed the stage as comic Chris Rock was presenting best documentary feature—and slapped Rock in the face.

The loud thud echoed through the top mezzanine floors of the Dolby Theatre, almost sounding like a sound effect from an action movie.

Many in the auditorium initially thought that Smith was pretending to be upset that Rock had made a joke at the expense of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who was seated by his side. The presenter had improvised a joke on the spot, asking whether Pinkett Smith was going to be in “G.I. Jane 2” because of her shaved head.

“Will Smith just smacked the shit out of me,” Rock said, stunned at what had just happened. But then Smith kept going, and it became clear that this wasn’t a sketch. As the “King Richard” actor returned to his table, just a few feet from the stage, he started yelling at Rock. “Get my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth,” Smith said.

“Wow, dude,” Rock said. “It was a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke.”

Smith yelled back at Rock, repeating the same words but louder. Rock managed to move on and award the prize, but the exchange—an act of violence from the night’s eventual best actor winner—cast a shadow over the 94th Annual Academy Awards. (Smith has so far declined to comment, but he did apologize to the Academy and to his fellow nominees—although notably, not to Rock—in his acceptance speech.)

As the telecast—which had been drawing laughter from hosts Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall—continued on, the Oscars turned into two shows. Onstage, the in memoriam segment paid tribute to a list of Hollywood legends who’d died in the last year, including Sidney Poitier and Betty White. But all eyes inside the Dolby were on Smith.

At the next commercial break, Denzel Washington came to his table to talk. Smith’s publicist, Meredith O’ Sullivan, also quickly made her way to his side. Although she disappeared when the ceremony resumed, she resurfaced at the next two commercial breaks, speaking to him intensely until the best actor category came along.

Smith held hands with his wife for the rest of the night. When Jane Campion was named best director a few minutes later for “The Power of the Dog,” Smith stood up and applauded, with a wide grin on his face. But he seemed to have taken all the air in the room. Campion’s win—as the third woman to ever triumph in the category—didn’t feel as special as it should have, as attendees were still whispering about Smith.

At the next commercial break, Nicole Kidman came to Smith’s table and gave him a hug. Oscars producer Will Packer also came over to say a few words to him.

When Smith’s name was later announced as the best actor winner, he was showered with a standing ovation. At the end of his speech, some actors stood up again for him, but the applause was more muted.

Unlike the other winners from the night, Smith didn’t take questions in the press room. He returned to his table, where he hugged his co-star Aunjanue Ellis with his statue and watched “CODA” take the best picture prize.

This year’s ceremony was already controversial because of the producers’ decision to award eight below-the-line category off camera, and then splice moments from those speeches into the live telecast. It was also historic, as Apple Studios’ “CODA” became the first streaming movie to win the top prize—a moment that shined a spotlight on the deaf community.

But as the night ended, this year’s Oscars will probably be remembered for Smith slapping Rock (who has decided not to press charges, according to the LAPD).

Not surprisingly, Smith was the talk of the after parties. “Twitter went insane,” said “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Garcelle Beauvais at the Elton John party. “And yes, that was real.”

Research contact: @Variety