Chris Rock says he was asked to host 2023 Oscars but declined offer after Will Smith slap: report

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Chris Rock will not be returning to the Academy Awards as a host.

During the comedian’s Sunday night show in Phoenix, Rock shared with the audience that he was asked to host next year’s Oscar Awards ceremony, which he denied, according to the Arizona Republic.

Rock, 57, made a joke to the crowd and compared returning to the Academy Awards to Nicole Brown Simpson’s death. He reportedly said going back to the award ceremony again would be like going back to the scene of the crime or “back to the restaurant.”

Chris Rock was reportedly asked to return to the Oscars next year as a host and denied the offer.
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His reference was to O.J. Simpson’s murder trial where it was argued that her murder began by Nicole leaving a pair of glasses at an Italian restaurant.

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The comedian reportedly said the slap from Will Smith “hurt” before referencing Smith’s role as Muhammad Ali in a movie.

The comedian reportedly said the slap from Will Smith "hurt" before referencing Smith’s role as Muhammad Ali in a movie.

The comedian reportedly said the slap from Will Smith “hurt” before referencing Smith’s role as Muhammad Ali in a movie.
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“He’s bigger than me,” Rock reportedly said. “The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.”

During his performance in Arizona, Rock shared that he was also asked to host a Super Bowl commercial, which he denied.

A representative for Rock did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Smith’s slap against Rock resulted in him being banned from the Academy for 10 years. Smith received his first Academy Award shortly after slapping Rock while he was presenting an award.

The comedian joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, during the ceremony, referring to her bald head.

Rock made a joke toward Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head during the 2022 Academy Awards.

Rock made a joke toward Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head during the 2022 Academy Awards.
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“Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, all right?” Rock joked, referring to the 1997 film “G.I. Jane,” starring Demi Moore who shaved her head to portray a fictional Navy SEAL candidate.

Pinkett Smith revealed in 2018 that she was diagnosed with alopecia. The actress has often discussed the challenges of hair loss on Instagram and other social media platforms.

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The joke missed, badly.

Smith walked onto the stage from his front-row seat and took a swing at Rock with an open palm, generating a loud smack. Smith walked back to his seat and shouted for Rock to leave Pinkett Smith alone. Rock replied that he was just making a “G.I. Jane” joke — and Smith yelled back at him a second time.

Will Smith was banned from the Academy for 10 years following the slap.

Will Smith was banned from the Academy for 10 years following the slap.
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Smith shouted at Rock to “Keep my wife’s name out of your f—ing mouth,” and the crowd hushed as it became clear this was no act.

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Smith released a public apology on social media days after the awards ceremony and also recently released a YouTube apology to Rock.

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