Chris Rock says that he turned down being invited to be the host of the 2023 Academy Awards after he was famously hit in the face by Will Smith

At a show in the Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday the actor, 57 was compared to returning in time to the Oscars

Oscars to going back to the scene of the crime, in the Arizona Republic. The Arizona Republic.

Chris Rock Says He Turned Down to Host 2023 Oscar

When discussing the hosting deal The comedian mentioned the murder trial in 1995 of O.J. Simpson in which he said it was like

asking former Nicole Brown Simpson "to go back to the restaurant" in which her mother left glasses on the night after her passing.

We're looking to make progress and also to create an Oscars which celebrate cinema. This is our current focus but the real focus is making progress," said Kramer, 

who was appointed CEO in July, following the departure of the former Chief Executive Officer Dawn Hudson.

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In the broadcast on March 27, Smith, 53, took to the stage and struck Rock following a joke made by the comedian on Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved hair.