Chris Rock on the Rocks With Academy Members?

by | February 15, 2005 | Comments

The Academy wants to give this year’s awards ceremony some edge by tapping Chris Rock to host the show. Well, they got what they asked for when Rock, in the Feb. 4th issue of Entertainment Weekly, made some digs at the show by saying, "I never watched the Oscars. Come on, it’s a fashion show. What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Awards for art are [expletive deleted] idiotic." Apparently, some Academy members were angered by this and felt that Rock should step down, as reported by the Drudge Report on Sunday. However, Gil Cates, the show’s producer, cleared the air in a statement, released Monday, by saying "Chris’ comments over the past few weeks are meant to be humorous digs at a show that some people, obviously including Chris himself, think may be a bit too stuffy." Looks like Chris Rock isn’t going anywhere.