5 months after Will Smith slapped him onstage on the Academy Awards, gorgeous thousands and thousands watching around the globe, Chris Rock delivered one other kind of slap again on the Oscars.
Riffing with the group at a stand-up present in Phoenix Sunday night time, the comic stated that he was requested to host subsequent yr’s Oscars, in response to the Arizona Republic. However he turned the supply down, joking that returning to Hollywood’s largest night time could be like returning to a criminal offense scene.
Referencing the homicide trial of O.J. Simpson, Rock instructed the group at Arizona Monetary Theatre that going again to the awards ceremony could be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant” the place she left her eyeglasses earlier than being killed.
Rock additionally stated he turned down a post-slap Tremendous Bowl business supply.
Talking to Deadline, in Could ABC President of Leisure Craig Erwich expressed an openness to seeing Rock return to the Oscars stage in 2023. Rock has hosted the present twice, in 2005 and 2016, the latter coming within the midst of one other controversy: the #OscarsSoWhite firestorm.
The movie academy didn’t reply to a request for remark Monday. The group sometimes doesn’t share its discussions with potential hosts and isn’t anticipated to call an emcee for subsequent yr’s present, scheduled for March 12, till it will get nearer.
In a roundtable interview with a gaggle of reporters final week, lately appointed academy chief govt Invoice Kramer stated the group is seeking to put the surprising incident, which led to Smith being banned from all academy occasions for 10 years, within the rearview mirror.
“We want to move forward and have an Oscars that celebrates cinema,” Kramer stated when requested whether or not the 2023 present would tackle the incident in any manner. “That’s our focus right now. It’s really about moving forward.”
Whereas three of the final 4 Oscars ceremonies have had no host, Kramer did be aware that the group is set to have a bunch for this yr’s present.
“We definitely want a host,” he stated. “A host is very important to us. We are committed to having a host on the show this year, and we are already looking at some key partners on that.” (March’s ceremony had three co-hosts: Amy Schumer, Regina Corridor and Wanda Sykes.)
Rock’s Phoenix present was the most recent cease in an ongoing stand-up tour that noticed ticket costs spike after his altercation with Smith. On tour, Rock has largely steered away from the Oscar-night drama, however on Sunday he cracked a joke about how a lot the slap damage and the way bodily outmatched he was by Smith, who has provided a number of apologies for the reason that incident.
“He’s bigger than me,” Rock stated. “The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.”