The 94th Academy Awards will be remembered as Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage for years to come. Craig Erwich, president of entertainment at ABC, the network that broadcasts the Oscars, recently indicated that he is open to the idea of The Rock hosting the ceremony in 2023. The Rock has previously hosted the ceremony twice – in 2005 and 2016.
Erwich said it was a “really successful year for the show” despite the slapping incident in a conversation with Deadline. He said, “My assessment about the Oscars was that it was a successful year for the show. There were a lot of controversies, which affected a lot of positive things about the show, but I like the program.” I was happy with it,” he said.
Talking about the violence on stage, he said, “Even before that regrettable moment, the show started year after year, and we came back in a big way.” He said that the Oscars made a massive comeback as the ceremony was not held under normal circumstances in 2021 due to the pandemic. “If you look at what they were trying to do, what brought the entertainment back to the program as they had three amazing hosts, clips and incredible musical performances, I thought it was their place for the show. It was a great way to retrieve Macintosh. There is always something to learn, and we will try to do even better next year,” he said.
The Oscars were hosted by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall this year. Since 2019, the Oscars ceremony has gone without a host. In 2023, Academy Awards will be held on March 28.