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Chris rocks turns down offer to host 2023 Oscars

American entertainer, Chris Rock has revealed that he will not be hosting the 2023 Academy Awards ceremony.

This is coming five months after he was slapped by American actor, will smith for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia health challenge.

Speaking with the crowd at a stand-up comedy show in Phoenix, Arizona 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.

He 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.  ABC President of Entertainment, Craig Erich expressed an openness to seeing Rock return to the Oscars stage in 2023.

Rock has hosted the show twice, in 2005 and 2016.

Editing by Fany Olumoye,Omotola OGuneye