Chris Rock could host "Oscars 2023"

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Comedian Chris Rock is believed to be hosting next year’s Oscars ceremony.

ABC director Craig Erwich told Deadline he was open to Rock hosting the annual ceremony.

Erwich has said the March 12, 2023 ceremony will be better than the past, which was followed by an incident that caused a stir around the world, where actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock.

Meanwhile, Smith has been banned from attending the ceremony for 10 years.

Smith, who resigned from the Academy, won the Oscar for "The Best Actor" for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams.

Some praised Smith's defense of his wife, while others insisted he should be stripped of his award./ 21Media