Funnyman Chris Rock turned down the chance to host the Academy Awards twice because he didn't think he was old enough.

Rock was thrilled to be asked to take charge of the OSCARS, but insists he's better suited to the MTV Video Music Awards, which he hosts next week (28AUG03).

He says, "You do the Oscars when you're old. As far as staying relevant to people, it does me more good to stand with 50 CENT than to be onstage with Sophia Loren. There's nowhere to go from there.

"You should just retire and play afternoon shows at Lake Tahoe."

19/08/2003 09:07