By Corey Atad.

Chris Rock is getting slapped back once again.

On Sunday, the comedian performed a set in Phoenix, where, according to the Los Angeles Times, he explained why he turned down hosting the next Oscars with a joke about Nicole Brown Simpson.

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Referencing being slapped by Will Smith, Rock joked that going back again to host would be like asking Brown Simpson, late wife of O.J. Simpson, “to go back to the restaurant” where she famously left her eyeglasses before she was killed.

Twitter users called out Rock for joking about a murdered woman.

Others suggested Smith had been right to slap Rock at the Oscars, given the joke.

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Some did defend Rock, though.

Brown Simpson’s sister, Tanya Brown, was among those criticizing Rock over the joke, telling TMZ that it “wasn’t just unfunny, it literally doesn’t make sense” and that there was no comparison between the Oscars and a gruesome double homicide.

Brown said Rock’s attempt at humour was “distasteful to say the least” and “offensive” to the family.

She pointed out that there are still surviving family members who are dealing with losing Brown Simpson every day “and this type of stuff hits close to home and hurts people.”

Brown also insisted that comedians should be held accountable for what they say.


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