Just how high did Chris Rock’s net worth rise after ‘The Slap’?
In the buzzing world of Hollywood, how does Chris Rock’s tale of fame, fortune, and films fit into the larger narrative? And how does it translate to his net worth?
Who doesn’t remember the iconic “Saturday Night Live” moments of the early 1990s? Chris Rock took to that stage, already having honed his comedic skills through years of standup. Fast forward a few decades, and Rock has stamped his presence on films such as The Longest Yard, the hilarious adventures in the Madagascar film series, and of course, the laugh-out-loud Grown Ups movies.
Does his net worth reflect such influence? Let’s take a look and see what his net worth also holds for the future.
Rock’s Rise to Stardom
Through these years, Rock not only voiced the ever-lovable Marty the zebra but also partnered with Adam Sandler to co-write the Grown Ups flicks. And while the critics might’ve been iffy on them, the audience? They loved it. One can’t forget Rock’s semi-autobiographical creation, “Everybody Hates Chris,” that added a few more feathers to his cap.
Rock has an uncanny ability to make people laugh, making him one of the world’s highest-paid comedians. Especially between June 2016 and June 2017, when he was riding high, earning more than most in his realm.
Jump to 2016, and Netflix laid out a cool $40 million for two exclusive Chris Rock specials. The reception? Electric. And only five years later, in 2023, he delivered yet another punch with “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage,” live from Baltimore.
The Oscar Slap Heard Around the World
Yet, in a surprising twist, a single event at the 2022 Oscars became a flashpoint for Rock. Remember when Will Smith slapped Rock on the Oscar stage? The background to that? A joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head, a sensitive topic given her struggle with alopecia.
In an intriguing revelation to People magazine, Jada divulged that Rock did approach her after that onstage confrontation. He seemingly tried to mend fences, saying he didn’t mean any harm. But was there more to the story than what met the eye?
Jada’s comments suggest a longer, complicated history. For her, events at the 2016 Oscars, during the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, seemed to echo during that 2022 slap. Rock, being the host that year, might’ve been irked by Jada’s protest against the ceremony. Despite these tensions, Jada revealed that after the 2016 Oscars, the two did reconcile. But then, silence, until the unexpected event of 2022.
What’s more, Jada threw light on a rather peculiar incident. During one summer when divorce rumors between her and Will were rife, Rock saw an opportunity. He reached out to her for a date, only to be informed those rumors weren’t true. A flustered Rock apologized, marking another odd chapter in their story.
What’s Next for Rock and the Smiths?
The incident at the Oscars has prompted many discussions about boundaries, respect, and the high-pressure world of Hollywood. While many fans and critics have their theories, the real dynamics between Chris Rock and the Smiths remain known only to them.
Jada’s upcoming memoir, “Worthy,” releasing on Oct. 17, might provide more insights. But one question persists: In the ever-evolving relationship saga of Hollywood, what unexpected chapter might be written next?