Chris Rock, 57, reportedly rejected the chance to host the Oscars ceremony the following year. He was presenting a stand-up performance at Arizona's Financial Theatre on the 28th of August.
Chris is accused five months after being infamously slapped by Will Smith at this years event in response to a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris' wife. Will Smith was also at the event.
Will, who is now 53 years old, rushed the stage in March and struck the comic in the face in front of a packed house and millions of spectators across the world.
Chris disclosed to his audience in Phoenix that the Academy had approached him about submitting a presenter for an upcoming event, according to the Arizona Republic.
Chris, who had hosted the Oscars in 2005 and 2016, was quoted as saying that he would find it difficult to go back to the award ceremony since returning to a crime scene would be like returning to the scene.
Returning to one of Hollywood's most significant nights would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson to return to the restaurant, according to him. He was talking about the series of events that led up to her killing and the subsequent murder trial of O.J. Simpson. He was making a lighthearted joke about the situation.
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Chris Rock explained his reasoning for this decision.
The actor from Grown-Ups claimed that he was offered a role in a Super Bowl commercial, but he refused. The actor also admitted that he didn't want to be there.
A member of the crowd in Arizona asked Chris to talk about it (Will Smiths slap), and in reply, Chris said the situation hurt him. The topic was asked by an audience member.
Will was banned from attending The Academy's events for ten years after the incident. During the video, he indicated that he was aware of his followers' reactions to the situation during the Oscars ceremony. He apologized to Chris by saying, "I am sorry. My behavior was intolerable."
Will then revealed that the general public's reaction to his previous actions had a direct and emotional impact on him. My primary source of trauma is letting others down. I don't want to disappoint others; therefore, it happens.