Reportedly, Chris Rock did not accept a job as a presenter at the Oscars event for the following year. The comedian, who is 57 years old, was doing a stand-up performance at Arizona’s Financial Theatre on the 28th of August when he broke the news to the audience that he had turned down the chance to host the awards event once again.
Chris allegedly made the accusation five months after being notoriously slapped by Will Smith at this year’s event in response to a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris’s wife. Will Smith had been attending the event.
Will, who is now 53 years old, rushed the stage in March and struck the comic in the face in front of a star-studded audience and millions of spectators across the world.
According to the Arizona Republic, Chris disclosed to his audience in Phoenix that the Academy had approached him about the possibility of serving as a presenter for an upcoming event.
Chris, who had previously hosted the Oscars in 2005 and 2016, was quoted as saying that he would find it difficult to return to the award event since it would be like returning to a murder scene.
He made light of the situation and joked that returning to one of the biggest nights in Hollywood would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant.” He was referring to the series of events that led up to her death and the subsequent murder trial of O.J. Simpson. He was making a lighthearted joke about the incident.
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Here is What Chris Rock shared about this decision.
After the incident, the actor from Grown-Ups said he was offered a role in a Super Bowl commercial, but he turned it down. The actor also mentioned that he turned down the offer.
Chris was asked by a member of the crowd in Arizona to “speak about it” (Will Smith’s slap), and in response, Chris said that the scenario “hurt” him. The question was sparked by the audience member asking Chris to “talk about it.”
Following the incident, Will was barred from attending events hosted by The Academy for ten years. During the video, he indicated that he was aware of the emotions of his followers about the situation that occurred during the Oscars ceremony. He apologized to Chris by saying, “Chris, I am sorry. My behavior was intolerable, and I’m available anytime you’re ready to discuss it.
Will then revealed that the general public’s response to his previous conduct had a direct and emotional impact on him. “My primary source of trauma is letting other people down. “I hate disappointing other people; therefore, it stings when it happens,” he stated.