The most shocking moments in Oscars history

Chris Rock shares why he turned down invitation to host 2023 Oscars

Stars Insider

30/08/22 | StarsInsider

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As one of the most revered awards shows in Hollywood (the industry that, after all, thrives on drama), it makes sense that the Oscars have their own history of outrageous and salacious controversies.

The dramatic story around the 2022 ceremony's infamous slap with Will Smith and Chris Rock continues to evolve, as the comedian reportedly turned down the Academy's offer to return as host in 2023. Rock told the audience at a Phoenix stand-up show that it would be like going back to a crime scene or inviting Nicole Brown Simpson "to go back to the restaurant," reports the Arizonal Republic. He apparently also turned down a Super Bowl ad in the aftermath. The last of his short comments about the incident included admitting that it did indeed hurt. "He’s bigger than me. The state of Nevada would not sanction a fight between me and Will Smith,” he’s quoted as saying.

From hilarious host gaffes to loud political statements on the red carpet, the reactions to the Academy Awards can be more entertaining than some of the films themselves. Click through to reminisce on some of the most historic moments.

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