While Will Smith (53) is no longer allowed to visit the Oscars for ten years because of his slap in the face, his victim Chris Rock (57) could be given a great honor: the comedian, after being hit by Smith, is traded as a potential moderator.
Despite or perhaps because of the shocking incident, the ratings for this year’s Oscars were particularly high, which is why those responsible for the production of the ceremony are currently flirting with letting the comedian on the microphone next year.
“We came back with a bang”
ABC President Craig Erich told Deadline: “My assessment of the Oscars is that it’s been a really successful year for the show. Of course there was a lot of controversy that overshadowed a lot of positive things, but I was very happy with the program. Even before the unfortunate incident, the ratings were increasing year after year and we came back with a bang.” 16.6 million viewers tuned in.
At the Academy Awards ceremony a few weeks ago, there was a scandal: when Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s (50) bald head during a laudatory speech, her husband Will Smith stormed onto the stage and slapped his Hollywood colleague. (bang/bsn)