Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73 | Evening Standard

ame Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73, her husband has confirmed.

The British-born singer died “peacefully” at her ranch in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends.

Newton-John is best known for her starring role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease, in which she starred opposite John Travolta.

In a statement posted on social media, Newton-John’s widower John Easterling said: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

She is survived by her husband as well as her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, who paid tribute to her mother with a selection of images on Instagram.

The post included pictures of Ms Lattanzi as a baby as well as more showing the pair appearing to give interviews together.

Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer three times.

But instead of focusing on her third prognosis, she raised funds for research into the effects of cannabis as a cancer treatment.

The star also sold some of her film memorabilia in order to raise money for research, including the iconic “bad Sandy” outfit from Grease.

Newton-John first overcame cancer in 1992 and was then in remission until 2013, when she was again diagnosed with the disease.

She revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades in September 2018.

At the time, she told Australian news programme Sunday Night that doctors had found a tumour in her lower back in 2017.

The singer said she was treating the illness “naturally” and was using cannabis oil made from marijuana her husband grows in California to alleviate the pain.

She received a damehood for her services to charity, cancer research and entertainment in 2020.

She was born in Cambridge, England, but her family moved to Melbourne in Australia when she was six years old.

While having early success as a singer, her career soared after she starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease in 1978.

Grease became the biggest box-office hit of 1978, and the soundtrack created three ‘Top 5’ singles for Newton-John, including ‘You’re the One That I Want’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, and ‘Summer Nights’.

Tributes are flowing for the iconic actress and singer.

Her co-star John Travolta said: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin recalled starring alongside Dame Olivia Newton-John in the 1996 film It’s My Party, one of the first films to address the topic of Aids patients dying with dignity.

She said: “I am SO saddened at the news of the passing of Olivia Newton John. I remember being so star struck when I met her at my first Hollywood gathering for Paramount. She was the sweetest and brightest light and I loved getting to know her on It’s My Party. RIP dear, sweet Olivia.”

Star Trek actor George Takei has paid tribute to Dame Olivia Newton-John calling her a “great, iconic artist”.

Aside from her hit role in the film, Newton-John is also a multi-platinum selling artist, with two singles and two albums having earned the certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

She also represented the UK in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Long Live Love. She finished fourth in the competition, held in Brighton, losing out to Abba, with their hit song Waterloo.

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ITV Coronation Street fans all say the same thing as Ryan Thomas reunites with on-screen mum Sue Cleaver – Manchester Evening News

Former Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas has reunited with his on-screen mum Sue Cleaver who he worked alongside for 16 years. The Corrie actors got together in a restaurant joined by Ryan’s children Roman and Lilah Rae, who he shares with fiancé and former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh.

Ryan, 38, made his debut on the ITV soap back in 2000 when he was just 16-years-old as Jason Grimshaw. He was the son of Eileen Grimshaw, played by Sue Cleaver, and the pair spent more than a decade on the cobbles together as mum and son until Ryan quit the soap in 2016.

Since his exit from Corrie, Ryan has appeared in panto, featured in Australian soap opera Neighbours, won Celebrity Big Brother and took part The Games and Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, where he met his fiancé Lucy. Ryan was previously in a relationship with his former Corrie co-star Tina O’Brien who he has his daughter Scarlett with.

Ryan said it ‘brought back so many fond memories’ meeting Sue and having his children there with him.

The actor shared some lovely snaps of Sue with his family with his 1.1 million Instagram followers.

He wrote: “Today brought back so many fond memories, I was just a kid at 16 yrs old when I met this woman and she played my on screen mum for 16 yrs and here we are 22 yrs later with my own kids.”

Ryan also revealed that he was ‘still in shock’ after discovering his on-screen mum had now joined Instagram.

“I love you so much @officialsuecleaver but I’m still in shock you’ve joined Instagram,” he added.

Sue, who continues to play Eileen Grimshaw on the soap after starting the role in 2000, won praise for her portrayal of Eileen after her son Todd, formerly played by Bruno Langley, announced he was gay.

Also sharing the photos with Ryan’s family, Sue wrote: “Such a brilliant day with Ryan and Lucy, truly blessed to have them in my life.”

Corrie fans were full of praise for the reunion, with many hoping this means a comeback for Jason Grimshaw whilst others rushed to compliment Sue’s look.

@hiedihi84 wrote: “I absolutely love this! When are you going back to the cobbles as Jason again?? It’s about time he visited his mam.”

@ch.ristinesmith893 gushed: “Aww how lovely tell her to get you back to Corrie.”

@helenjeffery84 commented: “How good does Eileen look??.”

@michab125 said: “She looks unrecognisable, so beautiful, lush pic.”

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Olivia Newton-John dead; Shared final heartbreaking photo with husband | Daily Mail Online

Olivia Newton-John shared one final heartbreaking image on Instagram on Friday just three before she passed away from cancer aged 73. 

The British-Australian actress and singer had posted a happy throwback photo with her beloved husband John Easterling, 70, simply writing: ‘Flashback Friday’ but she made no reference to her health struggles. 

Her final post came as Hollywood mourns one of its brightest stars with tributes pouring in from all across the globe.  

Farewell: Olivia Newton-John shared a final, throwback heartbreaking Instagram post with husband John Easterling on Friday just three days before she passed away from cancer aged 73 – as tributes poured in from Hollywood

In memory: Newton-John’s Instagram was mostly made up of flashback posts from throughout her career, but on April 18 the star shared a rare candid photo of herself with a beaming smile beside a bed of sunflowers 

One of the star’s first high-profile friends to pay tribute was her Grease co-star John Travolta.

‘My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again,’ he captioned an Instagram post alongside a photo of Newton-John.

‘Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!’ 

Meanwhile,  Richard Wilkins broke down on the Today show as he spoke about the death of his long-time friend.

Iconic role: Olivia is most known for her famous role as Sandy in the 1978 movie Grease (pictured, Newton-John with Grease co-star John Travolta)

Heartbreaking: Grease co-star John Travolta was among the first to pay tribute to Newton-John writing: ‘your Danny, your John’ under a photo (above) of the star

Wilkins, 68, burst into tears as his last interview with Olivia was aired.

Today host Karl Stefanovic left his seat on the panel to comfort his colleague as he wiped away tears.

‘I didn’t want to do this,’ Wilkins wept.

‘It’s alright,’ Stefanovic said while hugging the presenter. ‘This woman was extraordinary.’

Among other tributes included Australian singer Delta Goodrem, who honoured her beloved ‘mentor and friend’.

Delta, 37, shared pictures of herself hugging Olivia and said she was ‘like family’ to her.

‘I love you forever,’ Delta wrote in her moving post. ‘The whole world will feel this heartbreak today because the entire world felt Olivia’s unmatched light. A force for good. A force of nature. Strong and kind.’

‘My mentor, my friend, my inspiration, someone who always guided me… she was always there for me. Family to me.’

She added: ‘I don’t have all the words I would like to say today but I hope everyone will join in celebrating our beloved Olivia, her heart, soul, talent, courage, grace… I love you forever ❤️.’

The Lost Without You songstress famously played the Aussie icon in the 2018 TV miniseries, Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You.

Kylie Minogue shared a throwback photo of herself and Olivia and writing: ‘Since I was ten years old, I have loved and looked up to Olivia Newton John. And, I always will.

‘She was and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER.’

Bindi Irwin shared a photo of herself holding the iconic actress’ hand during a charity event and wrote: ‘One of the kindest and most wonderful souls the world has ever known.’

‘Love and Light ONJ. You were a true icon and I absolutely adored you,’ Rebel Wilson also said.

Barbra Streisand wrote on Instagram: ‘Too young to leave this world. May she RIP.’

Antonio Banderas said: ‘Rest in peace, Olivia Newton-John. Deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.’

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, posted a 1978 photo of Newton-John and Travolta.

‘Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta at the 50th Academy Awards (April 3, 1978). A few months later, they took the world by storm as Sandy and Danny in ‘Grease’ – which went on to become the highest grossing film of 1978, proving that Grease is (and forever will be) the word.’

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Strong: In her final video post, shared just before Christmas Newton-John wished fans a ‘happy, peaceful’ Christmas after a tough 2021

The star has asked fans to donate to her charity instead of buying flowers in her memory before she died – as her moving photo – the last picture taken of her outside of Instagram was revealed. 

The picture shows her surrounded by sunflowers with a beaming smile. 

Newton-John, who shot to international stardom thanks to her role as Sandy in the 1978 movie Grease, died on Monday morning surrounded by family at her home in southern California after a long battle with breast cancer.

Her husband revealed the actress’ final request was for donations to be made to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, ‘in lieu of flowers’. 

The foundation funds research into plant-based medicine and holistic treatments for cancer. 

Meanwhile, Newton-John’s Instagram was mostly made up of flashback posts from throughout her career – but on April 18, the star shared a rare, candid photo of herself – believed to be her last. It shows her standing in her garden smiling from ear to ear.

‘Wishing everyone a Happy Easter on this beautiful Spring day,’ she captioned the photo.

In a final video posted just before Christmas, Olivia thanked her fans for their support over the years.

‘I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all a primarily healthy, happy, peaceful Christmas,’ she said.

‘I know it’s been a very, very, very difficult time for everybody in the whole planet – so this is a time we can get together, celebrate each other and our families and whatever faith that you believe in we can express it with each other which is very important.

‘I want to thank you all for all of your support over the years and I wish you all the best and send you love and light.

Paying tribute: Her daughter Chloe Lattanzi shared a photo with her mother just three days before her death, writing: ‘I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend’

Newton-John’s battle with breast cancer first began in 1992 when she was just 44 years old. She was very open about her diagnosis and treatment, which famously included the use of medical marijuana. 

Her cancer returned in 2013 and again in 2017.

Newton-John and Easterling met while on a ayahuasca retreat in Peru.

Breaking down: Host Karl Stefanovic left his seat on the panel to comfort his colleague who wiped his eyes

Heartbroken: Delta Goodrem paid tribute to her beloved ‘mentor and friend’ Olivia Newton-John after the Grease star’s death at the age of 73 following a lengthy cancer figt

Olivia is survived by her 36-year-old daughter Chloe Lattanzi – who posted a loving tribute to her mother on Instagram three days ago, saying: ‘I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend.’ 

The actress famously beat breast cancer twice but was diagnosed again in 2017.She spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money for her charity.

In a haunting interview with The Guardian in 2020, she said of the disease: ‘It’s been a part of my life for so long.

‘I felt something was wrong. It’s concerning when it comes back, but I thought ‘I’ll get through it again’.

Paying tribute: Fans left flowers and photos on Newton-John’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (above) after she died on  Monday morning

Tragic: Her husband John announced her passing with this beautiful picture of the star on Instagram 

Words: This caption was posted alongside the picture, annoucing the news that Olivia had passed away 

In other interviews, when asked how she battled the disease so bravely, she said: ‘I’ve had and am having an amazing life so I have no complaints. I really don’t.

‘Everyone goes through something. We all have something we need to go through in life. This has been my challenge.’ 

Born in England to an MI5 agent father, Newton-John and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was six. She returned to the UK as a teenager to pursue a singing career and starred in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.

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Her big break in Grease came four years later. She famously resisted the part, at first turning down producer Allan Carr because she thought she was too old for the role.

He won her over, and adapted the script to make the character an Australian ex-pat to accommodate her accent.When the movie was released, it was an international hit and she became a global sex symbol.

Riding a wave of success from Grease, she hammed up her newfound sex symbol status with Physical, her most successful album and single released in 1981.

It was dedicated to her first husband, Matt Lattanzi, to whom she was married between 1984 until 1995. 

Let’s get physical: Newton-John promoting her 1980 album. It was dedicated to her first husband Matt Lattanzi, right. The pair were married from 1984 until 1995

After Grease, Newton-John’s acting career faltered. She appeared alongside Lattanzi in the movie Xanadu in 1980, but it failed to impress in the box office.

She took three years off work following the birth of her daughter in 1986, then was struck with her first cancer diagnosis in 1992 when she was 44.

After her first diagnosis, she devoted her career largely to charity and humanitarian work.

She was notoriously open about taking drugs, particularly for healing purposes, and met her second husband on an ayahuasca retreat in Peru. They returned to the country to get married in 2008.

The Australian High Commission to the UK posted a photo of Newton-John by the Sydney Harbor bridge.

‘We are terribly saddened by the passing of Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE,’ they tweeted.

‘British born and Australian raised, Dame Olivia inspired us in song and brought us together as one. We remember her with our British friends, and send our deepest condolences to her loved ones.’

Special: Bindi Irwin also shared a photo of herself holding the iconic actress’ hand during a charity event and wrote: ‘One of the kindest and most wonderful souls the world has ever known’

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Mariah Carey Pays Tribute to Olivia Newton-John – Variety

Mariah Carey joins the massive outpouring of admiration and love for the late Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday, Aug. 8 at 73 years old.

Through a thread of tweets, Carey recalled the moment she “first fell in love with Olivia’s voice” as a little girl listening to Newton-John’s 1974 classic, “I Honestly Love You.” She also highlighted her other favorite tracks: “Magic,” “Suddenly” and finally, “Have You Never Been Mellow” for showcasing “her beautiful airy tone and signature sound.” “And then there was Grease. I was obsessed,” she wrote.

I first fell in love with Olivia’s voice when I was a little girl and heard “I Honestly Love You.” Songs like “Magic,” “Suddenly” and “Have You Never Been Mellow” showcased her beautiful airy tone and signature sound. And THEN there was GREASE. I was obsessed. pic.twitter.com/6fVfr74a5c

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 9, 2022

The singer continued the tribute by remembering the moment she dressed up as “Bad Sandy for Halloween in 5th grade and thought I was everything.” Then years later, the memory became full circle when Carey’s 1998 “Butterfly” world tour made a stop in Melbourne and the pop singer’s dream of singing a duet with Newton-John came true.

I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in 5th grade and thought I was everything. Years later, THE Olivia Newton-John walked out onto my stage in Melbourne, Australia and we sang our hearts out together to “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” This is a moment I will never ever forget. pic.twitter.com/P4jsfV9Dsp

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 9, 2022

“[W]e sang our hearts out together to ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You,’” Carey wrote. “This is a moment I will never ever forget.” See footage of that performance below.

The singer shared a series of photos of the two on stage together and finished her note by expressing how “blessed” she felt to have been in the presence of Newton-John. “[S]he was one of the kindest, most generous and lovely people I’ve ever met,” said Carey. “She will be missed. She will be remembered. She will be loved. Olivia, I honestly love you.”

Other members of Hollywood have honored the life and legacy of the actress and pop vocalist, including Newton-John’s “Grease” co-star John Travolta who wrote on Instagram: “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

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Olivia Newton-John, known for her role in ‘Grease’ and hit song ‘Physical,’ dies at 73 – CBS Sacramento

Singer, songwriter and actress Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at 73.

Her husband John Easterling announced her passing on her Facebook page saying, “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”

She fought a decades-long battle with breast cancer.

Easterling continued, “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”

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Newton-John will forever be remembered for her work as Sandy Olsson in “Grease” along with her role in “Xanadu.”

She also had a successful music career including her 19821 hits “Physical,” “A Little More Love,” “Xanadu,” “Twist of Fate” and “Sam.”

She won a record of the year Grammy for “I Honestly Love You.”

Following the news of her passing, tributes began to pour in on social media.

We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei)

Flowers are set to be placed on her or Walk of Fame star at 2 p.m. Monday. Her star is located at 6901 Hollywood Blvd. 

She is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.

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Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73 after long battle with breast cancer | Daily Mail Online

Olivia Newton-John has died at the age of 73 after a years-long battle with breast cancer. 

The actress passed away peacefully at her home in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Her husband John Easterling announced her death on her Facebook page. 

‘Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. 

‘We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time. 

‘Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. 

Olivia Newton-John with her husband, John Easterling, who announced her death on Monday. She is shown, right, in her most iconic role in Grease in 1978 

Newton-John’s husband announced her death on her Facebook page on Monday. She was 73 

‘Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer,’ he said. 

Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, posted this tribute to her days ago

The family asked for donations to be made to her cancer organization, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, instead of flowers. 

She is survived by her 36-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, and her siblings. He did not confirm the cause of her death. 

Chloe posted a loving tribute to her mother on Instagram three days ago. ‘I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend,’ she said. 

The actress famously beat breast cancer twice but was diagnosed again in 2017. 

In a haunting interview with The Guardian in 2020, she said of the disease: ‘It’s been a part of my life for so long. I felt something was wrong. It’s concerning when it comes back, but I thought “I’ll get through it again”‘.

Born in England to an MI5 agent father, Newton-John and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was six. 

She returned to the UK as a teenager to pursue a singing career and starred in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. 

Her big break in Grease came four years later. She famously resisted the part, at first turning down producer Alan Carr because she thought she was too old for the role. 

When the movie was released, it was an immediate international hit. 

Newton-John was 28 when she gave her iconic performance as Sandy in Grease

Newton-John defended her sweet-to-sexy transition for years to come and amid a wave of criticism from during the #MeToo movement. 

‘It’s a movie. It’s a story from the 50s where things were different. Everyone forgets that, at the end, he changes for her, too. There’s nothing deep in there about the #MeToo movement. It’s just a girl who loves a guy, and she thinks if she does that, he’ll like her. 

‘And he thinks if he does that, she’ll like him. I think that’s pretty real. People do that for each other. It was a fun love story.’ 

Newton-John and Easterling married in 2008. She was married to her first husband, Michael Lattanzi, from 1984 until 1995. 

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Will Smith Posts Apology Video: ‘I’m Trying Not to Think of Myself as a Piece of Sh*t’

Four months after Will Smith infamously slapped presenter Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, the Best Actor winner is giving an update on where things stand.

Smith shared an Instagram video calling his actions “unacceptable” and apologizing once again.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work,” the “King Richard” star stated in onscreen text. Smith then repeats questions he has been asked, including why he did not apologize to Rock during his Oscars acceptance speech.

“I was fogged out by that point,” Smith explained. “It’s all fuzzy. I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out.”

Smith shared a special message directed to Rock, saying, “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”

He also apologized to Rock’s mother and younger brother Tony Rock, as well as to his fellow nominees: “It really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment. I can still see Questlove’s eyes, you know it happened on Questlove’s award. And you know…’I’m sorry’ really isn’t sufficient.”

Smith continued, “I spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment. And I’m not going to try to unpack all of that right now but I can say to all of you, there is no part of me that thinks that was the right way to behave in that moment. There’s no part of me that thinks that’s the optimal way to handle a feeling of disrespect or insults.”

He added, “I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of s*it.”

Smith clarified that wife Jada Pinkett Smith did not tell him to do anything after she rolled her eyes at Rock’s quip.

“It’s like you know, I made a choice on my own, from my own experiences, from my history with Chris,” Smith said. “Jada had nothing to do with it. I’m sorry babe. I want to say sorry to my kids and my family for the heat that I brought on all of us.”

He continued, “Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down. So, it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me. And the work I’m trying to do is…I’m deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.”

Smith ended the video with a promise to fans: “I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love and joy in this world. And if you hang on, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again.”

Rock recently addressed Smith’s attack, clarifying that he does not consider himself to be a “victim” but that he was “hurt” by Smith’s actions.

“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock said onstage during his stand-up tour (via US Weekly). “I’m not a victim. Yeah, that shit hurt, motherfucker. But I shook that shit off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”

Smith assaulted Rock during the 2022 Academy Awards following Rock’s quip that Jada Pinkett Smith was ready for a role in “G.I. Jane 2” with her haircut. Pinkett Smith had been previously diagnosed with alopecia, a hair loss condition. Smith later apologized to both the Academy and presenter Rock in an Instagram statement and subsequently was banned from attending the Oscars for the next decade.

Rock first spoke out about the experience during the first stop of his sold-out comedy tour, starting at the Wilbur in Boston just five days after the Academy Awards.

“I don’t have a bunch of shit about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend, and I’m still kind of processing what happened,” Rock said at the time. “So at some point I’ll talk about that shit. And it’ll be serious, and it’ll be funny.”

Rock later joked he “got smacked by the softest n—- that ever rapped,” referencing Smith.

Pinkett Smith addressed the slap during the June 1 episode of web series “Red Table Talk.”

“My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out, and reconcile,” Pinkett Smith said of her husband and Rock. “The state of the world today, we need them both. And we all actually need one another more than ever. Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring out this thing called life together.”

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