‘I’m Here Because Ellen Said No’, Chris Rock Talks Oscars With The Hollywood Reporter


2016 Oscars host, Chris Rock is finally speaking up (not really) on the #OscarsSoWhite saga which saw some of his colleagues urging him to step down as this year’s host.

The 51-year old comedian is the cover star for The Hollywood Reporter’s March Issue and in his interview, he talks what led to his hosting, his favorite past Oscars host and more.

Read excerpts below:
On who was supposed to host…
“And let’s not get it twisted: I’m only here because Ellen said no.”

On deciding to host…
“I told my agent I wanted to present because it’s like, what’s easier and better than presenting? You come in, do something really funny and get out of there. But it just seemed like a good time. I hadn’t [hosted] in a while, and I’m in between projects.”

On his favorite past Oscars host…
“Steve Martin wanting to be funny is about as funny as a human being can get.”

See more photos from his spread below…


Click here for the full interview.

Photography: Joe Puglise










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