Chris Rock is claiming he was requested to host the Oscars not lengthy after he was famously struck throughout the face by Will Smith throughout this 12 months’s telecast. The comic reportedly informed a crowd in Phoenix, Arizona, that he was requested to steer subsequent 12 months’s Academy Awards however declined. Sounds like he hasn’t fairly gotten over the sting of this previous Oscars.

The Arizona Republic stories that Rock made the feedback whereas performing on the Arizona Financial Theatre in downtown Phoenix on Sunday evening (Aug. 28). Along along with his unsurprising admission about declining the Oscars internet hosting gig, Rock additionally reportedly revealed he was supplied a Super Bowl business, which he additionally turned down.

In his bit in regards to the Oscars, Rock joked going again to the awards present could be like going again to against the law scene, referring to O.J. Simpson and his spouse’s homicide; Nicole Brown Simpson was killed after eating at an Italian restaurant the place she left her eyeglasses.

Rock quipped to the viewers that going again to the Oscars was the equal of Nicole being requested to “return to the restaurant,” per The Arizona Republic.

The comic’s set comes months after he was slapped by Smith whereas presenting on the Oscars in March in a stunning second that eclipsed mainly the whole telecast. Smith snapped after Rock made a joke about his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith

, and her bald head. He stormed the stage and hit Rock throughout the face, and was awarded Best Actor later that very same evening.

Smith — who was subsequently banned from the Oscars — has publicly apologized a number of instances for his actions. In his most up-to-date apology video, which was uploaded to YouTube in July, Smith claimed he had reached out to Rock, however the comic was “not prepared to speak” to him.

“Chris, I apologize to you,” Smith mentioned on the time. “My conduct was unacceptable and I’m right here everytime you’re prepared to speak.”

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