Chris Rock ‘weighs big-ticket deals after Oscars controversy’ E! News UK

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Chris Rock has been inundated with big-money offers since the Oscars.

The 57-year-old comedian was smacked by Will Smith at last weekend’s Oscars – but the controversial moment actually looks set to boost his bank balance.

A source explained: “Chris has handled the situation with Will with such grace and poise – and it’s paying dividends. Hollywood just can’t get enough of him and while people are turning away from Will in droves , they’re lining up to see Chris.”

The dramatic Oscars incident boosted ticket sales for his stand-up tour, and two of TV’s biggest names are also eager to get the first interview with Chris.

The insider told The Sun newspaper: “His comedy tour has now sold out for months in advance and he has added more dates thanks to increased demand.

“Chris has chosen to be quiet for now and that’s no surprise as there are big money negotiations going on behind the scenes for his first conversation.

“Oprah [Winfrey] and Ellen [DeGeneres] both expressed interest in getting the first interview with Chris about the slap and the aftermath.”

Despite this, Chris is determined to take his time before committing to anything.

The source said: “Chris is in no rush and wants to make sure he’s in the right place before agreeing to anything.”

Meanwhile, Will recently resigned from the Academy Awards after punching Chris.

The 53-year-old actor admitted his actions were “shocking, painful and inexcusable”.

He added: “The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and a global audience at home.

“I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken.”

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