Chris Rock jokes about Hollywood diversity issue as Academy hands out Oscars


Chris Rock addressed Hollywood’s diversity issue as the film industry handed out its shiny gold statues at the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

“I counted at least 15 black people on that montage,” Rock joked after he hit the Oscar stage Sunday night following clips from the year’s nominated films. “You realize if they nominated hosts I wouldn’t even get this job. You’d be watching Neil Patrick Harris right now.”

Rock addressed the pressure on him to boycott the show.

“People are like Chris, you should boycott. Chris, you should quit! How come it’s only unemployed people to tell you to quit something.”

“I thought about quitting, I thought about it real hard,” he said, before deciding. “They’re gonna have the Oscars anyway!”