Renowned American comedian and actor Chris Rock, along with Ali Wong and the hosts of Smartless, Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Jason Bateman, have collectively decided not to host the Golden Globes in 2024. The anticipated award ceremony is scheduled to take place in Hollywood on January 7. As of now, the organization has not yet disclosed who will take on the hosting duties.
Chris Rock’s last hosting appearance at a major awards event was at the 2022 Oscars, where he became the center of attention after Will Smith unexpectedly slapped him on stage. The incident occurred in response to a joke Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, humorously referring to her as “G.I. Jane 2.”
The reference was to the 1997 movie which featured Demi Moore with a shaved head. Pinkett Smith, 51, has diagnosed with alopecia, which causes hair loss.
The Philadelphia-born actor then walked onstage and smacked Rock, then returned to his seat and shouted at him twice, ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth!’.
Ali Wong, was also approached to host the Globes this year, according to CNN. But she declined the gig.
Co-hosts of the podcast SmartLess – Will Arnett, Sean Hayes and Jason Bateman – have also turned down the offer, according to reports.
Although Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have co-hosted the Globes four times before, there is a slim chance they will return in 2023.
A source close to the women told CNN: ‘They would never do it (again). They’re done.’
A celebrity publicist said that people aren’t wanting to host award shows like the Globes because: ‘It’s a thankless job. Another said: ‘It’s not worth it. There are a lot of politics. It’s not easy and it’s not fun anymore.’