‘He doesn’t have to talk’ with Will Smith (source)

Chris Rock doesn’t dwell on Will Smith hitting him onstage at the 2022 Academy Awards.

A source tells PEOPLE that Rock, 57, had “stepped off” after the incident before Smith, 53, issued his first apology to the camera on Friday since the awards ceremony in March.

“Chris doesn’t have to talk. This is clearly something that bothers Will more than Chris does,” the insider says of the pair. “Will has to solve his problems. Chris is fine.’

Another industry source adds that it’s a positive sign that the comedian is already covering the incident in his stand-up.

“That he’s already joking about it is a good thing,” said the source. “That means he assesses it. But the stress of the blow and its aftermath has not taken over his life. Quite the contrary.”

Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock in New Video: 'I'm Here When You're Ready to Talk'

Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock in New Video: ‘I’m Here When You’re Ready to Talk’

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On Friday, Smith released a video apologizing to Rock for punching him at the Oscars.

In the clip, the King Richard actor said in part, “I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize. My behavior was unacceptable and I’ll be here when you’re ready to talk.”

Smith also claimed he received a message that Rock was “not ready to talk” and would “get in touch” if he was.

Rock representatives have not responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Smith’s Friday video.

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After the video’s release, Rock joked about the blow — but didn’t express Smith’s apology — during his show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on Friday.

“Everybody’s trying to be a fucking victim,” Rock said. “If everyone claims to be a victim, then no one will hear the real victims. Even if I get beaten by Suge Smith…I went to work the next day, I had children.” (Rock’s reference to Smith as “Suge Smith” seemed like a pun on the name of Suge Knight, the currently jailed CEO of Death Row Records.)

“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock added during the stop on his Ego Death World Tour.

Rock is getting ready for the fall release of his new movie Amsterdam, in which he co-stars with Christian Bale and Margot Robbie. He is also currently dating Lake Bell, who he has been seen touring Croatia with.

chris rock and will blacksmith

chris rock and will blacksmith

Getty (2) Chris Rock (L); Will Smith

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At the ceremony on March 27, for his Best Actor win, Smith walked on stage and punched Rock in the face after disagreeing with a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. (Jada, 50, lives with alopecia.)

The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air alum said in a statement days later that the punch line was “too much for me to bear” and he “responded emotionally”.

Smith, who later resigned from the Academy and was banned from attending their ceremonies for the next 10 years, said in his statement, “I want to apologize publicly, Chris.”

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“I was out of line and I was wrong,” he added. “I am ashamed 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.”

Since the Oscars, Rock has made short jokes at stand-up performances that refer to the moment, but he hasn’t talked about it extensively. He has said he will “talk about it” eventually.

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