Chris Rock Jokes About Hosting The Oscars
Chris Rock jokingly said he is only hosting the Oscars because Ellen DeGeneres did not want to do the show. He went further to joke that she must have said no like eight times. Rock was referring to Ellen DeGeneres when she hosted the event back in 2014. He praised her performance as she guided the award show throw the night. DeGeneres, who is 58 was hosting the 2014 Oscars for the second time, and she received rave reviews from fans.
Rock initially hosted the Oscars in 2005 and noted that during that time, the Oscars didn’t require much work or draw. Despite having noted this during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he was still heavily involved on the Hollywood soundstage most of the times. He jokingly notes that you can learn how to take out a pancreas in two and a half months. Rock notes that he has not hosted for a while, and it seemed like a good thing. He further notes that he told his agent he wanted to present since he thinks it is easier and better than doing anything.
This year’s Oscars has taken a different tone considering the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Back in 2005 when Rock hosted the award show, there were no much debates about race. Currently, this has become theprimary talking point after all 20 acting nominees are white for the second consecutive time. #OscarsSoWhite started as a Twitter trending topic and is slowly growing into a social movement.Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith- high profile African-Americans have already stated that they would not attend the event.
Rock has been notably silent about the#OscarsSoWhite controversy. He only posted one tweet during January 15, noting “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.” He has also kept the press at a minimum. He notes that one can do a pretty decent monologue and be funny two or three times throughout the show and be fine, but if one gets off on the wrong foot it will be a really hard hole to dig out yourself.