Chris Rock Responds to Oscars Monologue Speculation: No One Speaks for Me

by Raphael Chestang 11:55 AM PST, January 25, 2016
Playing Chris Rock Responds to Oscars Monologue Speculation: No One Speaks for Me

Chris Rock released a statement to ET via his rep on Monday following comments from Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin saying that the Oscar host was "writing a new show" in response to the #OscarsSoWhite outrage.

"Regarding Reggie Hudlin's comments about Chris Rock's Oscar hosting duties, neither he nor anyone else speaks for Chris," the statement reads. "Chris has made no decisions about the content of the show. All will be revealed on Feb. 28."

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Hudlin sat down exclusively with ET's Nichelle Turner at the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon on Saturday, where he not only confirmed that Rock was carrying out his hosting duties, but claimed that Rock was revamping the whole show.

"Chris is hard at work. He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room," Hudlin said. "As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, 'I'm throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.'"

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"Chris is that thorough," Hudlin added. "He's that brilliant, and I have 1,000 percent confidence that he will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks."

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."

On Saturday, Rock was seen leaving The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, where he performed for a packed house, but it is not clear if he was there to work out Oscar material.

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The 88th Annual Academy Awards will air Feb. 28 at 8:30 ET/5:30 PT on ABC.