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GUILTY CONSCIENCE? Chris Rock could host the 2023 Oscars after the show received an impressive ‘slap’ rating

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ABC’s entertainment president felt the slapgate may have overshadowed a lot of positive things, but he was genuinely pleased with the program

Chris Rock’s beating by Will Smith during the 2022 Academy Awards has become one of the biggest topics of controversy and it seems to have opened new doors of opportunity for the legendary comedian. The ‘Grown Ups’ actor could end up hosting the next edition of the Oscars and Craig Erich, ABC Network’s President of Entertainment, thinks next year’s awards show will be “even better”.

In an interview with Deadline, Erich spilled the beans over the possibility of Chris Rock hosting the 2023 edition of the Academy Awards. He felt the slapgate might have overshadowed a lot of positive things, but he was really happy with the program. In layman’s terms, Chris Rock previously hosted the Oscars in 2005 and then in 2016.

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The “emotional” Chris Rock “can’t see himself forgiving Will Smith after he was slapped at the Oscars,” claims an insider

Craig Erich continued: “It was the biggest setback of any awards show this season. If you look at what they were trying to do, which was to put entertainment back on the schedule, they had three fantastic hosts, clips and incredible musical performances. I thought it would be a great way for the show to earn their spot on the mantle,” concluding, “There’s always something to learn and we’ll strive to do even better next year.”

Will Smith hit Chris Rock after he made a joke about actor wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s baldness. The comedian quipped, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2!” which angered Will Smith. The excited actor took to the stage and slapped the comedian, asking to keep his wife’s name out of his mouth after he returned to his seat. Will Smith later apologized for his actions after winning the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard, but he was banned from the Academy for 10 years anyway. If we dig into this year’s show, it was up 58%, averaging 16.6 million viewers, compared to 9.8 million in 2021.

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