Chris Rock Shuns Academy Awards Sequel

UPDATED 12/12/2005 at 02:20 PM EST Originally published 12/12/2005 at 08:00 AM EST

Chris Rock Shuns Academy Awards Sequel
Chris Rock
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Chris Rock can leave the tux at home next March 5.

"He is not hosting the Academy Awards," the comedian's publicist, Matt Labov, has informed the Associated Press. Labov also told The New York Times that Rock didn't want to do the show "in perpetuity" but would "like to do it again down the road."

Though some critics said that Rock was his usual unrestrained self as emcee of this year's ceremony, he also took heat in some quarters for making fun of Jude Law, Tobey Maguire and others from the Kodak Theatre stage.

During one riff, Rock advised filmmakers to hire better names instead of rushing bad movies into theaters.

"You want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law. Wait," Rock joked. "You want Russell Crowe and all you can get is Colin Farrell? Wait. "Alexander is not Gladiator. " (Leaving no stone unturned, Rock also tossed one at himself. "You want Denzel (Washington) and all you can get is me? Wait," he quipped.)

Rock's comments prompted Sean Penn, when he took the stage later, to defend Law as "one of our finest actors."

Rock is currently producing and narrating the UPN sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. A spokesman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences declined comment on next year's host. An announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

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