During a standup comedy show on Saturday, Chris Rock revealed that he declined an offer to host the Academy Award ceremony next year. During this year’s Oscar ceremony, actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith later apologized twice for slapping the comedian. However, Chris Rock
is not ready to forget it all just yet. Due to this incident, the Academy banned Will Smith from attending any event for the next 10 years.
During a comedy set in Arizona, 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 O.J. Simpson. Rock said 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.
Since the incident, Smith has apologized to Rock twice
About Will Smith, he said, “He’s bigger than me. The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith.” Not just the Oscars, Chris also turned down the opportunity to appear in a Super Bowl ad following the slapping incident.
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke about Jada’s bald head, unaware of her medical condition. Will walked up to the stage and smacked Chris across the face. Further, he told him to ‘keep my wife’s name out your fu**ing mouth.’ A few minutes after the incident, Will was announced Best Actor at the 94th Academy Awards.
Later that night, Will issued an apology to Chris Rock and Academy on his social media handle. He wrote on Instagram, “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 shared an apology video to Chris recently.