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    “Chris Rock Was Gonna Be The Emcee”: Jerry Seinfeld Reveals He Once Asked Chris Rock To Perform A Parody Of The Infamous Oscars Slap

    The infamous Oscars slap has gone down in history as one of the most sensational events in Hollywood that would be remembered for ages. Jerry Seinfeld recently revealed that he had all plans of cashing in on the moment by turning it into a parody at the Unfrosted’s Bowl and Spoon Awards.

    The infamous 2022 Oscars incident involving Chris Rock and Will Smith would have been re-enacted by Rock himself as per Seinfeld’s plan. He initially envisioned Rock hosting the fake awards show and creating a parody of the Oscars slap. However, the idea was scrapped after he approached Rock for the same. Here’s what happened.

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    Jerry Seinfeld Reveals Why His Plan For An Oscars Slap Parody Was Scrapped

    The Oscars slap between Chris Rock and Will Smith
    The Oscars slap between Chris Rock and Will Smith

    Recently speaking on Dana Carvey and David Sapde’s ‘Fly on the Wall’ podcast, Jerry Seinfeld opened up about his previous plans of creating a parody of the infamous Oscars slap. However, he said that when he approached Chris Rock to enact it, the actor wasn’t quite ready to tackle that moment so soon after the incident.

    The other thing I wanted to do, that I almost did, was Chris Rock was gonna be the emcee of the Bowl and Spoon Awards,” Seinfeld said during the podcast. “We shot that right after the Will Smith slap, and I was gonna have somebody come up on the stage and have Chris punch them out,” he added.

    After the idea was scrapped, Cedric the Entertainer stepped in as the host for the awards show. The scene that was instead enacted on stage poked fun at corporate awards ceremonies. With Kellogg’s being the sponsor of the event, the jokes were directed at the company winning all the awards over its rival, Post.

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    Jerry Seinfeld Says He Wanted To Make Use Of The “Residual Darkness” Associated With The Oscar Slap

    Will Smith after the Oscar slap
    Will Smith after the Oscar slap

    During the podcast conversation with hosts Dana Carvey and David Sapde, Jerry Seinfeld asked them whether it would have been a good idea to get the parody across. “Without the Will Smith thing, I think it’s funny,” Carvey said. “It’s just sort of, there’s still kind of a residual darkness around that moment.”

    Yeah, isn’t that what we’re attracted to more than anything? Residual darkness?” Seinfeld said. “I don’t know if it would have worked,” he added.

    Carvey then suggested Chris’s willingness to do it plays the key role here. “If Chris is there and wants to do it, you get it,” Carvey added. “You can always trim it. Always get the shot.”

    Though he did not accept Seinfeld’s request for a parody right away, Rock eventually did address the Oscars moment during his Netflix comedy special, ‘Selective Outrage’, where he compared his career to Smith’s.

    He’s in movies with his shirt off. If I’m in a movie getting open heart surgery, I got on a sweater. He trained and played Muhammad Ali, I played Pookie in New Jack City. We are not the same!” Rock said toward the end of his set on the show. “Even in animated movies, I’m a zebra, he’s a f—ing shark.”

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    Aishwarya is a Senior Sub-Editor at First Curiosity. Working as a news writer for over 3 years, she has written on an array of things for a couple of media houses in different capacities. With writing as her outlet, she is now exploring the world of art and glamour. She has previously been associated with ETV Bharat and India Today as part of national editorial teams. With a fair share of work done covering national and international issues, she is now navigating through her abilities in the field of films and art. A movie and TV show buff, Aishwarya at First Curiosity tries to bring forth what a layman's eye might easily miss out on. Her flair for words and ability to convey what's between the lines are her biggest strengths. Her love for films and writing stems from her fondness for words and all things artsy. An avid reader and writer alike, Aishwarya likes to delve into any and all forms of art. When not tapping on her keyboard churning out articles, she can be found staring at books or screens, trying to find stories that'll help her explore the world and its portrayal through art better.


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