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As we get ready for this weekend’s Saturday Night Live, it seems like the right time to talk about Chris Rock.
Isn’t it fair to say he’s getting a lot of press these days? There have been headlines surrounding everything Will Smith has done since slapping him at the Oscars. Of course, we say that knowing that he hasn’t said much about the incident other than to say that he will at some point.
Let’s take a look at the SNL angle now. Rock is a former host and alum of the show, and he has a strong bond with the entire cast and crew. He’s also shown a willingness to show up on the spur of the moment if the situation requires it. If he wanted to get a message across, this is clearly the best way for him to do so while maintaining complete control over the narrative. It’d also be grounded in comedy, which is clearly his preferred mode of expression.
This is, of course, where the bad news comes in: Rock is scheduled to perform in Atlantic City this weekend, so he will not be appearing in any live sketches. Given that he has been performing in Boston and is on his way to Atlantic City, it seems theoretically possible that if he stops in New York for a couple of hours in between, he could pre-record a little something.
We aren’t expecting it, though. We believe the infamous slap will be mentioned on the show, but most likely not in a way that involves one of the participants. Given that it’s one of the four or five most significant moments in Oscar history, there’s no way SNL will ignore it.
Do you think Chris Rock will make an appearance on Saturday Night Live?
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