Chris Rock will continue to host the upcoming 2016 Oscars despite the diversity controversy surrounding the event.
Entertainment Tonight revealed that during an interview with Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin at the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon, Hudlin confirmed that Rock will not be dropping out of the show.
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“Chris is hard at work. He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room,” Hudlin told ET. “As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, ‘I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show,'” he continued.
According to Hudlin, Rock had finished writing his monologue a week ago, but when the #OscarsSoWhite issue reared its ugly head, Rock began working on an entirely new script.
The outrage came when Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith planned to boycott the awards over the fact that there were not actors or actresses of color nominated for the second year in a row for the evening’s biggest categories.
“Chris is that thorough,” Hudlin added. “He’s that brilliant, and I have 1000 percent confidence that he will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks.”
“You should expect [#OscarsSoWhite jokes],” Hudlin told ET. “And, yes, the Academy is ready for him to do that. They’re excited about him doing that. They know that’s what we need. They know that’s what the public wants, and we deliver what the people want.”
This will be Rock’s second time hosting the biggest evening in Hollywood. His first emcee gig came was back in 2005.
Clooney took his point of view to Variety, where he shared some very clear and distinct views with the publication about the controversy.
Said Clooney to Variety, “I think we have a lot of points we need to come to terms with. I find it amazing that we’re an industry that in the 1930s, most of our leads were women. And now a woman over 40 has a very difficult time being a lead in a movie.”
“We’re seeing some movement. Jennifer Lawrence and Patricia Arquette have made the loud pronouncement about wage disparity, have put a stamp on the idea that we got to pay attention. But we should have been paying attention long before this. I think that African Americans have a real fair point that the industry isn’t representing them well enough. I think that’s absolutely true,” the Academy Award winner concluded.
The Academy Awards will air Feb. 28.