Two-time Oscar host Chris Rock is among celebrities who declined offers to host the Golden Globe Awards, a source with knowledge of the conversations told CNN last month. At least four other A-list comedic actors turned down offers to host as well.
Rock, who was also asked to host the previous Golden Globes, last attended a major award show in 2022 when he was famously slapped at the Oscars by Will Smith for telling a joke that referenced Jada Pinkett Smith’s battle with alopecia.
Rock is nominated in the Globes’ new category, best performance in stand-up comedy on television for his Netflix special, “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.” It’s the comedian’s first Golden Globe nomination.
Another potential nominee for her performance in the Netflix series “Beef,” Ali Wong, was also approached to host the Globes, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN. As first reported by Puck, Wong declined the gig, the source said.
Will Arnett, Sean Hayes and Jason Bateman, who co-host the podcast “SmartLess,” also turned down a joint offer to emcee the Globes, two sources aware of the deal told CNN.
Had the trio said yes, it would have marked the first time the Globes had three hosts since Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Nielsen and Jane Seymour co-helmed the show in 1993.
Talent turning down the job to host a major awards show is not unusual and certainly is not unique to the Globes. For an up-and-coming comedian, the gig may be the opportunity of a lifetime, but for a seasoned veteran, with all of the preparation and immediate – often negative – feedback, the juice is not worth the squeeze.
“It’s a thankless job,” one celebrity publicist told CNN.
“It’s not worth it,” another top publicist said of hosting award shows. “There are a lot of politics. It’s not easy and it’s not fun anymore.”
A representative for Rock, Wong and “SmartLess” declined to comment.