The 94th Academy Awards will be remembered for years to come because Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage. Craig Erwich, who is president of entertainment at ABC, the network that broadcasts the Oscars, recently hinted that they are open to the idea of Rock hosting the ceremony in 2023. Rock has already hosted the ceremony twice: 2005 and 2016.
In a conversation with Deadline, Erwich said it was a “really successful year for the show” despite the slap incident. He said: “My assessment of the Oscars was that it really was a successful year for the show. Obviously there was a lot of controversy, which overshadowed a lot of the positive things about the show, but I was very happy with the show,” he said.
Speaking about the violence on stage, he said, “Even before that unfortunate moment, the show started year after year and we came back with a bang.” He said the Oscars bounced back in a big way as the ceremony did not take place under normal circumstances in 2021 due to the pandemic. “If you look at what they were trying to do, which is really bring the entertainment back to the show, they had three amazing hosts, amazing videos and music performances, I thought it was a great way for the show to regain its place in the mantle. There are always things to learn and we will strive to do even better next year,” he said.
This year, the Oscars were presented by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall. Since 2019, the Oscar ceremony had gone without a host. In 2023, the Academy Awards will take place on March 28.