Chris Rock will not be dropping out of hosting this year’s Academy Awards; instead, he will tackle the diversity issue head on.
Rock is set to host this year’s Oscars, but in the wake of the diversity controversy, it was speculated that Rock might drop out. But it turns out; the comedian will be doing the exact opposite.
Academy Awards producer, Reginald Hudlin, revealed to Entertainment Tonight’s Nischelle Turner during the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon over the weekend that “Chris is hard at work. He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room. ‘
According to Hudlin, “As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, ‘I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.'”
“Chris is that thorough. He’s that brilliant, and I have 1000 percent confidence that he will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks,” the producer said.
He added, “You should expect [#OscarsSoWhite jokes]. 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.”
It will be interesting to see how the 50-year-old addresses the issue that caused outrage across America, but we are positive he will demand the stage like a champ.
This will not be the comedian’s first time hosting the Oscars; Rock first took the stage as host back in 2005.
The Oscars air live on February 28 on ABC.