A slap in the face to Will Smith: Chris Rock could host the Oscars next year teases ABC President
- Chris Rock, 57, could be emceeing the 2023 Oscars after being slapped by Will Smith, 53
- ABC president Craig Erwich said that he was open to the comedian fronting the show
- Will Smith has been banned from the ceremony for 10 years
- The ‘King Richard’ actor took offense to a bald joke Rock made about Jada Pinkett-Smith
Comedian Chris Rock may be hosting next year’s Oscars in a triumphant return after he was smacked in the face by Best Winning Actor Will Smith.
ABC president Craig Erwich told Deadline that he was open to bring Rock in as the emcee.
He promised that the next year’s show, slated for March 12, 2023, will be ‘even better’ than the last one.
Will Smith has been banned from attending the ceremony for 10 years after he assaulted Rock at the March award show for making a bald joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Chris Rock could be fronting the 2023 Oscars, ABC president Craig Erwich said
Chris Rock has been touring the world on his Ego Death tour and on Thursday at Royal Albert Hall in London he discussed Will Smith, abortion, his dating life, and Meghan Markle
The network president said that regretted the violence of the evening this year, but he said that otherwise it was a successful show.
‘My assessment of the Oscars was that it was really a successful year for the show. Obviously there was a lot of controversy, which overshadowed a lot of the positive things about the show, but I was really happy with the program,’ he told the trade publication.
‘Even before that very unfortunate moment, the show started off up year over year, and we came back in a big way.’
Erwich glossed over the fact that the controversy stirred up by the slap was one of the main talking points of the show.
‘It was the biggest bounce back of any award show this season,’ he told Deadline. ‘If you look at what they were trying to do, which is really bring entertainment back to the program, they had three amazing hosts, clips, and incredible musical performances, I thought it was a great way for the show to reclaim its place on the mantle.
ABC president Craig Erwich said that he was open to comedian Chris Rock hosting the 2023 Oscars
There’s always things to learn and we’ll endeavor to do even better next year.’
Rock has steadfast refused to speak about the incident, only making passing references to it during his world tour for his Ego Death comedy tour going on currently.
‘People expect me to talk about the bulls**t, I’m not going to talk about it right now,’ he told a recent crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
At the same event, he hinted that he wouldn’t discuss it until he ‘got paid’ which he hinted would happen ‘on Netflix’ eventually.
Smith, on the other hand, has issued a public apology and is apparently going to therapy because of the assault.
He resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, saying ‘The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance and global audiences at home.’