An Oscars producer said host Chris Rock has finished his opening monologue for the awards show a week ago, but now he's back at the drawing board and is re-writing it after the controversy surrounding this year's show.
Many stars have spoken out about the lack of diversity in Oscar nominees for the second year in a row, bashing the Academy for their lack of diversity. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
said they would not attend this year's show, as did Spike Lee.
Oscars producer Reginald Hudlin told Entertainment Tonight
"Chris is hard at work. He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room. As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, 'I'm throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.'
'I'm throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.'
"Chris is that thorough," Hudlin continued. "He's that brilliant, and I have 1000 percent confidence that he will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks."
Hudlin said that Chris Rock, won't shy away from the controversy during the 88th Academy Awards, set to take place February 28th.
"You should expect [Oscars diversity jokes>," Hudlin revealed. "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."
Rock has already cracked a joke about the Oscars' diversity issue. He tweeted earlier this month, "The #Oscars. The White BET Awards."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responded to the backlash on Friday, announcing a major overhaul of its membership policy.
The organization's board voted unanimously to make the voting "significantly" diverse, with the goal to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.
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