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Chris Rock Is Rewriting Academy Awards Monologue Into 'Something That People Will Be Talking About for Weeks


"things got a little provocative and exciting"

(TheBlaze/AP) — Comedian Chris Rock is hard at work rewriting his monologue material for next month's Oscar show, according to an Academy Awards producer.

Oscar Host Chris Rock performs his monologue to open the 77th Academy Awards telecast Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Reginald Hudlin told "Entertainment Tonight" on Saturday that Rock is eager to host the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, even as a few black celebrities have decided not to attend the show for its lack of diversity.

Hudlin said Rock had written a draft for the show but threw it out and started anew as "things got a little provocative and exciting."

He said he expects Rock to make jokes about the OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and that the film academy welcomes such humor.

Hudlin said he's confident Rock's material "will deliver something that people will be talking about for weeks."

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