Externally, Chris Rock bears the disgrace of colleague Will Smith's slap in the face at this year's Oscars with composure. However, the action has far-reaching consequences. It is now clear that the comedian will probably not appear again as a moderator at the gala.
Chris Rock has declined the Academy's invitation to host the Oscars ceremony again next year. The US comedian reportedly said so during his weekend show at the Arizona Financial Theater in downtown Phoenix, after the audience demanded a statement.
The incident happened just as Rock was about to present the Best Documentary award and less than an hour before Smith was due to accept the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard.
In April, the Academy Board of Directors banned Smith from returning to the Academy Awards or attending any other Academy events for the next ten years. A week earlier, Smith had publicly resigned from the Academy.
Earlier this month, newly appointed Academy CEO Bill Kramer stated that the Academy "is committed to hiring a host for the show this year" and is "already talking to a few key partners about it." He also stressed that the slap will not be a topic for discussion or jokes at the next ceremony. "We want to go forward and have an Oscars that celebrates cinema. That's our focus right now," he said.