All of those people asking Chris Rock to step down as the host of the upcoming 2016 Academy Awards are just wasting their time. The 50-year-old actor/comedian is not backing down. In fact, the recent controversy surrounding the event has made it even more important that he stay on as host.
Why? Because he has the chance to make this a night to remember. He has a chance to make a change with his opening monologue, and it looks like he’s taking this whole thing very seriously.
The 88th annual Academy Awards producer, Reginald Hudlin, talked with Entertainment Tonight and revealed Rock is writing a brand new show. He’s throwing out the old script he had planned.
“He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room. As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, ‘I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.’”
Hudlin confirmed there will be a lot of jokes addressing the “#OscarsSoWhite” controversy, “They know that’s what the public wants, and we deliver what the people want.”
Sounds like it should be an exciting night. A night some stars have already promised to miss. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have announced they will not be watching the show, along with Spike Lee and Michael Moore.
Will you be watching?