Chris Rock says he was requested to host the Oscars once more

Rock, who beforehand hosted the Oscars in 2005 and 2016, revealed the invite throughout a standup present in Phoenix on Sunday, based on The Arizona Republic.

Rock purportedly advised the group he turned it down, together with a Tremendous Bowl industrial. He stated the slap from Smith “hurt.”

“He’s bigger than me,” Rock stated. “The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.”

CNN has reached out to Rock’s consultant and the Academy for remark.

Smith walked on stage on the Oscars and hit the comic within the face after he made a joke about Smith’s spouse’s shaved head. Jada Pinkett Smith suffers hair loss as a consequence of alopecia, an autoimmune situation that may result in hair loss.

Smith was banned from Academy associated occasions for 10 years and apologized. In a video final month, the actor stated he was “deeply remorseful” in regards to the incident.

“I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk and when he is, he will reach out,” Smith stated. “So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.”