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Chris Rock turned down to host 2023 Oscars, Here's Why

Chris Rock turned down to host 2023 Oscars, Here's Why

Rock hosted the Academy Awards twice, in 2015 and 2016.

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According to reports, Chris Rock stated to an audience over the weekend that he declined the chance...

to host the Academy Awards in 2019 after being slapped by Will Smith at this year's ceremony.

On Sunday night in Phoenix, the comedian made light of the Oscars, saying...

that going back there would be like going back to a crime scene.

He also alluded to O.J. Simpson's murder trial, in which his ex-wife was killed after she left glasses at an Italian restaurant.

For him returning to the Oscars would be akin to asking Nicole Brown Simpson to "return to the restaurant."

Rock's remarks remain unreported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.