Chris Rock released a statement to ET via his rep on Monday following comments from Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin saying that ‘I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.'”
Rock has faced calls to walk away from his second stint as host in protest at the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ failure to nominate a single actor from black or ethnic minority backgrounds for the second year running. But ceremony organisers suggests he will, instead, attempt to address the issue on the night.
The 50-year-old comic has kept mostly mum regarding the Oscars lack of diversity, except for tweeting an ad for the Oscars and writing, “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.”
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will air Feb. 28 at 8:30 ET/5:30 PT on ABC and streamed Live.