Chris Rock has declined  an offer to host the 2023 Academy Awards

He reportedly said during his Sunday night show

at the Arizona Financial Theatre in downtown Phoenix.

As a report by from the Arizona Republic, Rock said the Academy asked him to return to host for a third timeTheatre in downtown Phoenix.

after the infamous moment at the 2022 ceremony in which Will Smith slapped Rock onstage in which Will Smith slapped Rock onstage

after Rock joked about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. 

The incident took place as Rock was about to present the award for best  documentary  feature, 

and less than an hour before Smith would accept the best actor prize for his performance in King Richard.