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Chris Rock’s Oscars monologue won’t be changed, rep slams rumors

26 January 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – Reports have surfaced saying that Chris Rock has changed his monologue to address the # OscarsSoWhite controversy but his publicist said that the actor and host has not made any changes.

According to reports, the opening monologue of Rock for the 2016 Academy Awards will be touching on the lack of diversity and zero people of color being nominated for awards but his representative said that the actor did not rewrite anything despite producer Reggie Hudlin’s claims over the weekend.

Rock’s rep, Leslie Sloane, said in a statement, “Regarding Reggie Hudlin's comments about Chris Rock's Oscar hosting duties, neither he nor anyone else speaks for Chris. All will be revealed on February 28th We will not comment further on this.”

Hudlin reportedly claimed that Rock made changes to his opening act after the controversies and numerous comments from actors have been released. Hudlin said in his statement, "Chris is hard at work. 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.'"

A lot of actors and actresses called for Rock to boycott this year’s Oscars so as to send a clear message from the people of color but he will be continuing the task given to him. He did, however, joke that the Oscars this year is the “White BET Awards.”

As of late, the actors and actresses who are not attending the event this year are Will Smith and wife Jada-Pinkett Smith as well as Spike Lee. Lee said in a statement over the weekend that he applauds the efforts of the Academy to fix the lack of diversity in the nominations, he said that his decision to not attend will not change.

Other stars who commented on the issue are George Clooney, Mark Ruffalo , Lupita Nyong'o , John Legend, and more.