In January, after the Academy failed to nominate any non-white actors for the second year in a row, Jada Pinkett Smith called for a boycott of the Oscars, leading some to believe Rock would drop out as host. However, Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin told ET that Rock would still host the show, while changing some of his material.
"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.'"