Chris Rock has revealed that he has previously fired people for not listening to women on set.
With Kidman describing Ball as a “trailblazer”, Rock said: “Let’s not downplay the fact how hard it must’ve been to be a woman at that time going through, you know, just like, ‘I’m the boss. Not him. I’m the boss.’”
He continued: “It is still [tricky]. I’ve fired people because they couldn’t listen to a woman. I was like, ‘How come he’s not doing…?’ And then I realise, ‘Oh.’”
Rock said that his mother had taught him to listen to women, adding that Joy Behar and Susie Essman took him under their wings as a young comedian.
“Everybody talks about how stand-up is a boys’ club, but stand-up’s been run by a lot of women for a lot of years,” he added.
Last month, Rock made headlines after claiming that “cancel culture” has led to “unfunny” and “boring” material from comedians.