Chris Rock declines offer to host 2023 Oscars after Will Smith slap: Report

The Academy has banned Smith from its membership for 10 years

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Chris Rock during 2022 Oscars (Reuters Photo)
Chris Rock during 2022 Oscars (Reuters Photo)


Published: Tue 30 Aug 2022, 9:51 AM

Last updated: Tue 30 Aug 2022, 12:34 PM

Comedian Chris Rock has reportedly declined an offer to host the Oscars next year after he was slapped by actor Will Smith during this year's award ceremony back in March.

As per Arizona Republic, during a comedy set at the Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday, Chris compared going back to the Oscars to returning to the scene of a crime, People reported.

While discussing the hosting offer, the comedian made a reference to the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson, noting it would be like asking the late Nicole Brown Simpson "to go back to the restaurant" where her mother had left a pair of glasses the night of her death.

Chris said that Smith's slap itself hurt referencing the actor's turn as Muhammed Ali in the 2001 movie Ali, and explaining, "He's bigger than me. The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith."

Chris further stated he also turned down the opportunity to appear in a Super Bowl ad following the slapping incident.

While presenting the best documentary feature award at the 2022 Oscars, comedian Chris made a joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett-Smith's shaved head.

Chris said he couldn't wait to see Jada, star in 'G.I. Jane 2' which led Smith to go up on stage and slap Chris. Smith returned to his seat and shouted, "Keep my wife's name out of your (expletive) mouth!" A few minutes after the incident, Smith was announced Best Actor at the 94th Academy Awards. While accepting his first-ever Oscar for best actor (leading role) in 'King Richard,' Smith apologised to the Academy and fellow nominees but did not mention Chris.

However, after receiving backlash for his disorderly behaviour, Smith issued an apology to Chris Rock and Academy on his social media handle.

The Academy has banned Smith from its membership for 10 years because of the slap. (ANI)

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