Two months before the 2022 Oscars on Sunday (March 27), Chris Rock sat down for an episode of Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade, where he opened up about how therapy made him realize he was letting people walk all over him.
Chris explained that he was relentlessly bullied as a child for his small stature and being Black, and he went on to detail taking revenge on a kid that mushed him in front of some girls. He stated, “I went home, I put a brick in a book bag — this is like a legendary story in my neighborhood — I swung that sh– and smacked the guy in the face with this brick and stomped on him, Joe Pesci-style, to the point that we thought he might die.”
After getting into therapy, Chris’ therapist told him, “You have been scared to be angry ever since” his incident with the bully. Chris then told Dana, “The guy you saw was bending over backward to be nice because I was so scared of my anger.”
A clip of the interview has been making the rounds on social media since Chris was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars after making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. Will apologized to the Academy in his acceptance speech after winning best actor for his role in “King Richard.” Will then released a public apology to Chris, but the comedian has yet to respond.[via]