Chris Rock said he turned down the offer to host the 2023 Oscars after Will Smith hit out

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Chris Rock reportedly told an audience over the weekend that he turned down the opportunity to host next year’s Academy Awards after he was beaten by Will Smith at that year’s ceremony.

According to the Arizona Republic, the 57-year-old comedian and actor joked to an audience in Phoenix on Sunday night that his return to the Oscars would be like returning to a crime scene.

He was reportedly referring to the murder trial of OJ Simpson, whose ex-wife was murdered when she left a pair of glasses at an Italian restaurant. Rock said returning to the Oscars is like asking Nicole Brown Simpson to “go back to the restaurant.”

The Arizona Republic also said Rock revealed that he turned down an offer to star in a Super Bowl commercial.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not commented on Rock’s comments.

Rock has twice hosted the Oscars, in 2015 and 2016.

At the Oscars earlier this year, Smith took the stage and slapped Rock after he joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith resigned from the Academy and was later banned from attending the Oscars and Academy events for the next 10 years.

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