As the Oscars‘ diversity row wages on, and a campaign to boycott the awards ceremony prevails, one person who has confirmed he will not be staying away is host Chris Rock. Although some factions of the film industry have called for Rock to step down as host, he’ll be in the prime position to comment on recent developments in the Academy – and it has proved an opportunity too good to miss for Chris.
Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin, speaking to ET, confirmed that Rock is still very much a part of the Oscars. However, to bring things bang up to date, Hudlin revealed that Rock has re-written his opening monologue to reflect the Oscars diversity issue. And Rock has the Academy’s backing to shake things up. According to Hudlin “(T)he 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“.
Let’s hope that Rock follows Ricky Gervais‘ example, and lets rip on the night (Sunday February 28).