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They say no publicity is bad publicity and it seems as if it’s ringing true for comedian Chris Rock.

He might have been slapped by actor Will Smith while on stage at the Oscars, but that awkward scene seems to have turned into great publicity for Rock as his ticket sales for his upcoming stand-up shows have soared.

Ticket site TickPick said in a statement that over 50% of its sales for Chris Rock’s tour, which went on sale on 24 February, have come since the Oscars. The statement went on to say that 88% of sales for the tour come through since the Academy Awards.

Not only has the sales increased but the price has also increased.

Global News reports that before the Oscars, tickets for Rock’s show at Wilbur Theatre were selling for around $50. However, by Tuesday afternoon, the cheapest ticket for that show rose to $518.

It seems as if the public is showing its support for the comedian through ticket sales. The comedian has stayed mum about the whole situation while Will Smith and his wife went public with their thoughts.

In a statement on Instagram, Smith said that he felt embarrassed and apologised to Rock. On Friday the actor released a statement announcing that he is resigning from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

“I am resigning from membership in AMPAS and will accept any further consequences the Board deems appropriate. Change takes time and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.”

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