Chris Rock has never considered dropping out of hosting the Oscars as a result of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. However on Feb. 26 – just two days before the big show – a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY he’s ‘nervous as hell.’ Here’s the scoop.
Chris Rock, 51, might be starting to regret his decision to host the Academy Awards on Feb. 28. A source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that the #OscarsSoWhite controversy has him pretty freaked out, and he’s “nervous as hell.” We have all the details, right here.
“Chris is nervous as hell and worried he may have not made the right choice hosting the Oscars this year amid all the diversity controversy,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He knows the whole world will have their eyes on him, especially Black Hollywood, and the pressure for him to make this go as smoothly as possible is overwhelming.”
HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY on Feb. 22 that the controversy wasn’t derailing Chris at all, but he did plan to address it in his monologue. Now it sounds like he may be having some second thoughts on that as well.
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“He’s scared his jokes may really offend people or better yet, no one will laugh,” the source continued EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com. “He hasn’t been this nervous since his ex wife Malaak tried to drain him for every cent he has. This whole situation with the Oscars just fell in his lap and as a result he’s the one that has to clean up the mess.”
Chris agreed to host the 88th Oscars long before the nominees for the award show were released. Once the public and other celebrities realized that the nominees were completely whitewashed despite some amazing movies featuring African Americans being released in 2016, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started to trend and several stars including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith spoke out and decided to boycott the show. Chris wasn’t one of them, but now he’s clearly concerned.
HollywoodLifers – how do you think Chris should handle the #OscarsSoWhite controversy? Let us know!