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Chris Rock doesn't want to host the Oscars

IANS  |  New York 

Comedian has denied any interest hosting

The denial came on Monday night at the New York dinner in Manhattan, reports

"If it was five years ago, I could say something really offensive and funny right now, but I can't do that anymore, so... hey!" Rock said, as he took the podium at the NYFCC Awards where he was on hand to present with the award for best first film for "Eighth Grade".

Continuing to do some impromptu standup of sorts, Rock looked into the audience at Steve Martin, who was at the award show to present the best supporting award to for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" - and brought up the very topical subject of hosting

"is here. You should host You're the best. should host the Oscars! Because I am not doing it, goddammit! You are not getting me," Rock said.

Rock's comments come amidst the continuously developing saga, as the Academy's search for an Oscars host continues.

Rock has hosted the Oscars twice - first in 2005 and in 2016.

Rock was one of many big names at the Monday night dinner, held each year by the NYFCC. presented "First Reformed" with the best screenplay award; introduced Regina King, who won best supporting actress for "If Beale Street Could Talk".

The intimate event is an annual favorite for stars, who enjoy thanking (and playfully scolding) film critics for their support (or lack thereof) of their films. Ethan Hawke, won best for "First Reformed".



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 11:28 IST