Chris Rock Declined Hosting 2023 Academy Awards


Chris Rock won’t be hosting the Oscars again — and the way he recently told an audience the news isn’t sitting well with people.

The comedian, who was on the receiving end of Will Smith‘s infamous Oscars slap, reportedly said he was asked to return to host the show in 2023.

According to TMZ, Chris filled in his fans during a standup performance over the weekend, explaining that he had no plans to take the Oscars stage again.

But he didn’t stop there — Chris also reportedly compared making a return to the Oscars to Nicole Brown Simpson‘s brutal murder in 1994.

During his routine, Chris allegedly said hosting the show would be like asking Nicole “to go back to the restaurant” where she ate shortly before she was murdered.

While it’s unclear how the audience reacted, fans online were definitely upset by the joke:

yeah chris rock – you getting slapped for talking shit and nicole brown simpson’s brutal murder are totally comparable events. great analogy. you totally care about violence against women. fully clear to us now.

@gorg_w_bush / Via Twitter: @gorg_w_bush

I’m laughing because it was just jokes when Chris Rock was making fun of Jada’s alopecia. Now he’s comparing that slap he earned to Nicole Brown Simpson being viciously murdered. Is it still just jokes or nah?🙄

@BubblesStw / Via Twitter: @BubblesStw

Chris has not yet spoken out about the backlash, but based on his lack of response to other Oscars drama, he’s probably not planning on saying anything anytime soon.

And based on the public’s response to Chris’ recent joke, I’m thinking it’s probably a good thing he won’t be hosting the Oscars either.

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