Chris Rock says the Oscars requested him to host and laughs about the smack

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– Chris Rock, who was memorably slapped by Oscar winner Will Smith during the 2022 Academy Awards, said during his comedy performance that he was approached to host next year’s gala but declined.

Rock also claimed during his gig at Arizona Financial Theatre on Sunday that he had been approached about doing a Super Bowl commercial, but he politely rejected.

In reference to the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, the actor/comedian equated going to the Oscars to returning to the site of a crime. Simpson, whose ex-wife was murdered after she left a pair of eyeglasses at an Italian restaurant.

Returning to the award ceremony, Rock remarked, would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson to “go back to the dinner.”

Everything you need to know about Will Smith and Chris Rock’s notorious Oscars 2022 slap. (Chris rock getting slapped)

Will Smith (right) slapped Chris Rock onstage in an infamous scene from the 94th Oscars earlier this year.

Tanya Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister, was not thrilled with Rock’s joke.

Brown lambasted the comedian on Instagram on Wednesday, calling his joke “beyond nasty.”

Brown added, “There’s nothing amusing about comparing an Oscar host invitation to a double killing.” “Stop include my sister, OJ, and Ron in your cricking comedy act.” This catastrophe has affected families!”

Regarding the slap, Rock mentioned it briefly and early in his roughly 90-minute set, but the sold-out crowd looked eager to hear him address it. Security demanded that audience members’ phones be switched off and placed in secured pouches.

When Rock discussed how a victim may become famous, someone in the audience screamed, “Talk about it!”

Rock stated that Smith’s punch hurt since Smith portrayed boxer Muhammad Ali in the 2001 film “Ali.”

“He’s larger than me,” stated Rock. “A fight between myself and Will Smith would not be sanctioned by the state of Nevada.”

Rock and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have both been contacted for comment by USA TODAY.

During a chat with Hollywood media last week, new Academy CEO Bill Kramer stated that arrangements for the 2023 Oscars event (March 12) are already in the works, adding that “we absolutely want a host,” after three of the past four Academy Awards presentations were staged without an emcee.

“We are committed to having a host on the programme this year, and we are already looking at some key partners on that,” Kramer added.

Smith was barred from attending the Oscars for ten years in April after hitting Rock.

Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her shaved head during the 2022 ceremony. “G.I. Jane 2?” Rock joked when she proposed she go bald for a movie part. I’m excited to watch it.” He was reportedly unaware that Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes abrupt hair loss.

Will Smith, who was sat near the stage, approached Rock and slapped him across the face before returning to his seat and yelling at Rock not to use his wife’s name.

Smith apologised to Rock in a video posted in late July. “My conduct was inappropriate, and I’m here to discuss anytime you’re ready,” Smith stated in the video.

Rock mentioned the incident during his Ego Death tour, which began in April, but has yet to do a whole performance on it.

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