In a surprising turn of events, renowned American actor and comedian Chris Rock has decided to forego the opportunity to host the 2024 Golden Globes alongside fellow comedians Ali Wong and the Smartless trio—Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Jason Bateman.
The acclaimed quartet collectively declined the chance to take center stage at the prestigious Hollywood event scheduled for January 7, leaving the award ceremony without a designated host.
Chris Rock’s last hosting stint at a major awards show was the 2022 Oscars, where a controversial joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head led to an on-stage altercation with actor Will Smith.
The incident, stemming from a reference to the movie “G.I. Jane 2,” highlighted the sensitive nature of the topic, considering Pinkett Smith’s battle with alopecia, a condition causing hair loss.
Will Smith’s physical response shocked the audience and has seemingly contributed to Rock’s decision to step back from hosting duties.
Ali Wong, another prominent comedian, also rejected the invitation to host the Golden Globes this year, as did the Smartless hosts—Will Arnett, Sean Hayes, and Jason Bateman.
While Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have previously co-hosted the Golden Globes, sources suggest that they are unlikely to return in 2023, with insiders stating that the challenges and thankless nature of hosting award shows have led many entertainers to shy away from such responsibilities.
As the Golden Globes scramble to find suitable hosts, the entertainment industry faces a growing reluctance among comedians to take on what is perceived as a politically charged and increasingly challenging role in the current landscape of award ceremonies.