In his new standup comedy special, Chris Rock revealed that he was offered to host next year’s Academy Awards ceremony but he decided to reject it. Earlier this year, actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage while he was hosting the Oscars ceremony after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The actor has apologized to the comedian twice since the incident but Chris Rock still hasn’t publicly acknowledged his apology. On Sunday, during a comedy set, Chris Rock compared going back to the Oscars to the scene of a crime.
Chris Rock declined the offer to host the 2023 Oscars
On Sunday, during a comedy set at the Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, comedian Chris Rock revealed that he declined the offer to host the 2023 Oscars and compared going back to the Oscars to a crime scene. The comedian made a reference to the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson, suggesting that 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. He also talked about Will Smith, “He’s bigger than me. The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.” The comedian also turned down the opportunity to appear in a Super Bowl advertisement recently.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife
While hosting the 2022 Oscars, the comedian made a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Actor Will Smith then went up to the stage and slapped the comedian and asked him to “keep my wife’s name out your fu**ing mouth.” Shortly after this, Will Smith was given the Best Actor Oscar at the event. The comedian later said he was unaware of his wife’s medical condition.
Will Smith later apologized to the comedian
Later that night after he slapped Chris Rock, Will Smith apologized to the comedian on his social media handle. He said,
“I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
He also recently posted a video on his YouTube channel apologizing to the comedian and his family. He is yet to acknowledge his apology.
Source: Arizona Republic