Chris Rock hosting the Oscars in 2016
Chris Rock may doubtlessly be the host of the Oscars 2023. Pic credit score: Oscars/YouTube

In what may very well be the best turnaround in awards present historical past, the thought has circulated that Chris Rock could also be again to host the Academy Awards subsequent 12 months.

The comedian, 57, beforehand lead the night time of the 88th annual Oscars again in 2016. Though an enormous night time for Rock again then, the “smack heard world wide” from this 12 months’s awards took the cake as his most memorable second on the awards present stage.

As Rock was presenting an award, he delivered a G.I. Jane joke alluding to Jada Pinkett Smith that resulted in her husband, Best Actor Will Smith, storming on stage and smacking Rock instantly within the face.

ABC claimed it’s open to having Chris Rock host 2023 Oscars

After such a stunning second at this 12 months’s awards, ABC’s President of Leisure Craig Erich made a press release to Deadline that mentioned the community was open to having Rock host subsequent 12 months’s Oscars. He additionally mentioned that he’s anticipating subsequent 12 months’s present to be “even higher” than this 12 months.

This 12 months’s broadcast, hosted by Wanda SykesAmy Schumer, and Regina Hall, introduced in a median of 16.6 million viewers and scores with a virtually 60% improve from 2021.

“My evaluation of the Oscars was that it was actually a profitable 12 months for the present. Clearly there was loads of controversy, which overshadowed loads of the constructive issues in regards to the present, however I used to be actually pleased with this system,” Erich mentioned. “Even earlier than that very unlucky second, the present began off up 12 months over 12 months, and we got here again in an enormous manner.”

Will Smith banned from Oscars for 10 years following slap

After the on-stage incident of slapping Chris Rock, Smith himself resigned from the Academy in a personal statement that included, “I betrayed the belief of the Academy. I disadvantaged different nominees and winners of their alternative to have a good time and be celebrated for his or her extraordinary work.” He additionally mentioned that he would settle for any and all penalties that might be coming his manner as a result of incident.

The Academy formally introduced that Will Smith shall be banned from attending their awards for the subsequent 10 years. As beforehand reported by Monsters & Critics, the Academy has beforehand solely expelled three individuals – Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and Invoice Cosby.

The Academy’s president, David Rubin, despatched a letter to board members that labeled Smith’s conduct “dangerous” and “unacceptable.”

“The 94th Oscars have been meant to be a celebration of the various people in our group who did unbelievable work this previous 12 months,” the letter acknowledged. “Nevertheless, these moments have been overshadowed by the unacceptable and dangerous conduct we noticed Mr. Smith exhibit on stage.”

With Will Smith not in attendance and Chris Rock probably taking the reins at subsequent 12 months’s award, the Oscars may see the best rebound it has ever had within the historical past of its broadcast.