Chris Rock Says He Was Asked to Host the 2023 Oscars After Will Smith Slapped: Chris Rock, who received a punch from Will Smith at the 2022 Oscars, reportedly revealed to audience members of his comedy act in Phoenix that he was approached to host the Oscars the following year but declined.
According to a local publication, The Arizona Republic, the comedian claimed during a performance on August 28 in Phoenix that he had been requested to host the ceremony in 2023 but had turned down the invitation. Chris, according to the publication, compared going back to the Academy Awards following the slap event to going back to a crime scene. According to reports, he made allusions to the O.J. Simpson trial and equated being asked to host the Oscars to telling Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant,” where her mother had left a pair of glasses the night before Nicole died.
Chris, who presided over the Oscars in 2005 and 2016, claimed he was also offered other jobs. He also informed tourgoers on his Ego Death World Tour that he had been requested to appear in a Super Bowl commercial, according to The Arizona Republic. While he did not specify whose company had contacted him, he reportedly noted that he had also declined this chance.
Will smacked Chris onstage at the Oscars in March after the comedian joked about the actor’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s buzzed head while presenting an award (the actress has previously spoken out in the public about her alopecia diagnosis). Chris, who was quoted by The Arizona Republic as saying that the slap hurt, alluded to Will’s portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the 2001 film Ali.
Chris is believed to have said, “He’s bigger than me.” “A fight between Will Smith and I would not be approved by the state of Nevada.” Chris has made only a few brief public comments about the slap, which occurred live during the Oscars program, in his stand-up performances. Will, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his work in King Richard, apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees in his victory speech.
The next day on Instagram, he then expressed his regret to Chris. Will said he didn’t apologize to Chris in his speech because he was “fogged out by that moment” in a July Instagram video where he answered questions from fans about the incident. He did, however, reaffirm his regret for his actions.
Will, who has left the Academy and is no longer permitted to attend its events for the next ten years, stated, “I’ve gone out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to discuss and when he’s ready, he will reach out.” “I will thus apologize to you, Chris. My actions were improper.
Chris Rock has declined an invitation to host the 2023 Academy Awards, he reportedly said during a comedy set over the weekend. | @Channel24 https://t.co/KFmuzstv8k
— News24 (@News24) August 30, 2022
I’m also available whenever you want to talk.” Will said that his wife “had nothing to do” with his choice to confront Chris onstage, saying “there is no part of me that feels it’s the best way to manage a feeling of disrespect or insults.”
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