Chris Rock Says He Turned Down Hosting The Oscars Next Year
Chris Rock Says Hosting The Oscars Next Year Is Like Nicole Brown Simpson Going Back To The Restaurant Where She Left Her Eyeglasses Before Being Killed
Five months after Will Smith slapped him onstage at the Academy Awards, stunning millions watching around the world, Chris Rock delivered another sort of slap back at the Oscars.
Riffing with the crowd at a stand-up show in Phoenix Sunday night, the comedian said that he was asked to host next year’s Oscars, according to the Arizona Republic.
But he turned the offer down, joking that returning to Hollywood’s biggest night would be like returning to a crime scene.
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Referencing the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Rock told the crowd at Arizona Financial Theatre that going back to the awards ceremony would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant” where she left her eyeglasses before being killed.
Rock also said he turned down a post-slap Super Bowl commercial offer.
Back in May, Chris Rock said he will accept to sit and talk about the Oscars slap for $3 million. And Oprah Winfrey is the leading television personality willing to pay that money for a Chris Rock interview.
$3 million would be the money for which the presenter of the gala of the Hollywood Academy Awards would sit on a TV set to explain what happened.
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