Chris Rock is ready to shake things up during this year’s Academy Awards.
In recent days he’s seen a bit of pressure to drop out of the show due to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, but instead he’s going to do the job he was hired to do.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) January 15, 2016
However, Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin tells Entertainment Tonight that Chris has re-written his entire show to accurately reflect everything that’s going on.
“Chris is hard at work. He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room,” Hudlin told ET. “As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, ‘I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.'”
“Chris is that thorough,” Hudlin added. “He’s that brilliant, and I have 1000 percent confidence that he will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks.”
According to Hudlin, Rock isn’t steering away from the issue of a white-washed group of nominees, but rather diving right into the fire.
“You should expect [#OscarsSoWhite jokes],” Hudlin told ET. “And, yes, the Academy is ready for him to do that. They’re excited about him doing that. They know that’s what we need. They know that’s what the public wants, and we deliver what the people want.”
The Academy Awards ceremony won’t take place until Feb. 28, but Rock has already addressed the controversy, tweeting an ad for the Oscars and writing, “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.”
If anyone can ruffle a few feathers, it’s Chris Rock. We’ll definitely be tuning in on Feb 28.