Chris Rock Reveals He Was Asked To Host Oscar 2023 After Slap-Gate Fiasco With Will Smith; Here’s What He Said

It’s almost been a year since Will Smith stirred controversy after he slapped Chris Rock on the stage of Oscars 2022 for making a joke aboit his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith has since then been banned from the Academy and even publicly apologized for his behaviour, but Rock has seemingly been quite about it. The comedian has spoken about the slap in some of his standup shows and recently also revealed that he was asked to host Oscars 2023.

SEE ALSO: Will Smith Apologises To Chris Rock For ‘Unacceptable’ Oscars Slap In A 5 Minute Long Video, Latter Reacts

As per Arizona Republic, during his Sunday night show in Phoenix, Chris Rock revealed that he was asked to host next year’s Oscar ceremony, which he turned down. Rock said returning to host the award ceremony would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant, ”where she left her eyeglasses before she was killed, refering to OJ Simpson’s murder trial.

However, netizens weren’t happy with Rock’s joke about Nicole Simpson’s murder and wrote, “Chris Rock’s humor is geared to a white audience. His jokes are mainly put downs of Black people. That’s what he’s comfortable with, and that’s why I feel no remorse in him getting served for disrespecting that Black man’s wife.” See reactions here.

Meanwhile, Will Smith recently released a 6 minute video apologizing to Chris Rock for slapping him. He said, “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.”

John Colin

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