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Chris Rock declines offer to host 2023 Oscars after Will Smith slap

Comedian Chris Rock has reportedly declined an offer to host the Oscars next year after he was slapped by actor Will Smith during this year’s award ceremony back in March.

As per reports, during a comedy set at the Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday, Chris compared going back to the Oscars to returning to the scene of a crime.

While discussing the hosting offer, the comedian made a reference to the 1995 murder trial of OJ Simpson, noting 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.

Chris said that Smith’s slap itself hurt referencing the actor’s turn as Muhammed Ali in the 2001 movie Ali, and explaining, “He’s bigger than me. The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.”

Chris further stated he also turned down the opportunity to appear in a Super Bowl ad following the slapping incident.

While presenting the best documentary feature award at the 2022 Oscars, comedian Chris made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.

Chris said he couldn’t wait to see Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia areata, star in ‘GI Jane 2’ which led Smith to go up on stage and slap Chris. Smith returned to his seat and shouted, “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth

“I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness,” Smith wrote on Instagram.

“Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive

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