Chris Rock publicly confirmed this week that, after the infamous slap from Will Smith at the least 12 months’s Oscars, he turned down a suggestion from AMPAS to host subsequent 12 months’s present.

The Academy didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Deadline first reported the supply, and Rock’s refusal thereof, in June. The comic has hosted the occasion twice, in 2005 and 2016.

Rock made the general public assertion at Arizona Financial Theatre in downtown Phoenix final night time. He additionally mentioned he had been provided a Super Bowl business, however declined that as properly.

According to the Arizona Republic, Rock joked that internet hosting the Oscars subsequent 12 months could be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to return to the restaurant.”

“He’s greater than me,” Rock mentioned of Smith. “The state of Nevada wouldn’t sanction a struggle between me and Will Smith.”

Rock said at a Madison Square Garden present in June that he shook Smith’s blow off almost as quickly because it occurred.

He mentioned, “I’m not a sufferer. Yeah, that sh*t damage, motherf*cker. But I shook that sh*t off and went to work the subsequent day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper reduce.”

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