Chris Rock 'turns down offer to host Oscars 2023'

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Chris Rock won't be hosting the 2023 Oscars credit:Bang Showbiz
Chris Rock won't be hosting the 2023 Oscars credit:Bang Showbiz

Chris Rock claims he turned down an offer to host the Oscars in 2023.

The 57-year-old comedian - who previously helmed the Academy Awards in 2005 and 2016 - has declined to return to host following the incident at this year's ceremony when he was slapped by Will Smith on stage after making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

As reported by MailOnline and other outlets, Rock was performing a stand-up comedy show in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend when he addressed the situation.

He referenced the murder of OJ Simpson's late wife Nicola Brown Simpson, saying that the offer for him to return would be like asking her "to go back to the restaurant".

It's said he also revealed he was asked to do a Super Bowl commercial in the aftermath of the incident, but also turned down the offer.

An audience member urged him to "talk about" the slap, and he referenced Smith's role as Muhammad Ali in 2001's 'Ali'.

He added: "He’s bigger than me. The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith."

Smith struck Rock across the face on less than an hour before picking up his Best Actor statuette for his role in ‘King Richard’ at the Oscars back in March.

Last month, he apologised and reached out to Rock publicly, while claiming he had been hurt both "psychologically and emotionally" by the incident.

He said: "It's all fuzzy. I will say to you, Chris, I apologise to you. My behavior was unacceptable and I'm here whenever you're ready to talk.

"I hate when I let people down. So it hurts, it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know I didn't live up to people's image and impression of me.

"And the work I'm trying to do is, I am deeply remorseful and I'm trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself.

"I'm human and I made a mistake, and I'm trying not to think of myself as a piece of s***."