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Chris Rock on Hosting Oscars 2016: 'I'm Only Here Because Ellen Said No'

Chris Rock looks all ready to host the 2016 Oscars on the cover of THR‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 51-year-old comedian had to share with the mag:

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.”

For more from Chris, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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Caitlyn Jenner & Candis Cayne Attend Clive Davis' Pre-Grammys 2016 Party

Caitlyn Jenner sits next to her friend Candis Cayne while in attendance at the 2016 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (February 14) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 66-year-old reality star sat next to Oscars host Chris Rock, who brought his new girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke.

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Earlier in the day, Caitlyn stopped by a Starbucks to get her caffeine fix in Malibu!

The annual event honored music executive Irving Azoff, the chairman and CEO Azoff MSG Entertainment.

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Watch Chris Rock Joke About 'Scandal' in New Oscar Promos!

Chris Rock gives a shoutout to Scandal fans in these new promos for his upcoming hosting gig on the 2016 Academy Awards!

The 51-year-old comedian says in one, “Watch the Oscars, the only show on ABC Shonda Rhimes doesn’t own…yet.” Watch below!

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In another new promo, Chris says, “Hey Gladiators, get your popcorn and wine ready, I’m hosting the Oscars.”

The 2016 Oscars air on Sunday, February 28 on ABC.


Chris Rock – Oscars 2016 Promo #1

Click inside to watch the second Chris Rock Oscars 2016 promo… More Here! »

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Chris Rock Hasn't Planned His Oscars 2016 Monologue Yet

Chris Rock has not yet planned what he will be addressing in his monologue at the 2016 Oscars despite the show’s producer claiming he’d tackle the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

The 50-year-old comedian’s rep has responded to reports that Chris rewrote his speech after the nominations were announced.

“Regarding Reggie Hudlin‘s comments about Chris Rock‘s Oscar hosting duties, neither he nor anyone else speaks for Chris,” his rep told JustJared.com in a statement. “Chris has made no decisions about the content of the show. All will be revealed on February 28th. We will not comment further on this.”

Here is what Reggie originally said to ET: “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.’”

Chris Rock Will Still Host Oscars & His Monologue Will Address #OscarsSoWhite

Chris Rock will still host the 2016 Oscars despite calls for him to boycott the event, and his opening monologue will take on #OscarsSoWhite, Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin told Entertainment Tonight.

The 50-year-old actor is rewriting his script after figures like Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith announced they were boycotting the ceremony, Variety reports.

Chris is hard at work. He and his writing staff locked themselves in a room,” Reginald said. “As things got a little provocative and exciting, he said, ‘I’m throwing out the show I wrote and writing a new show.’”

Reginald added, “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.”

Ricky Gervais Offers Chris Rock Advice Amid Oscars 2016 Nominations Controversy

Ricky Gervais has offered Chris Rock some advice amid calls for him to step down as host of the 2016 Oscars after the #OscarsSoWhite has resurfaced for the second year in a row.

“If I were @chrisrock, I wouldn’t be considering boycotting The Oscars. I’d be thinking ‘this sh*t is live. I can do some serious damage.’ Ricky, who has hosted the Golden Globes for many years, offered up on his Twitter account.

Chris has so far not truly responded to all of the controversy. He did tweet, “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.”

The 2016 Academy Awards are set to air on February 28.

Chris Rock Sports His Best Tux for First Oscars 2016 Promo!

Chris Rock looks super sharp in this first official promo for the 2016 Academy Awards!

The 50-year-old comedian is set to host the annual event, which honors cinematic achievements in the film industry.

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“Much like New Year’s Eve, it will be a night that ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year,” Chris says.

Watch the quick, 15-second video below!

Mark your calendar – the 2016 Oscars air on Sunday, February 28 on ABC.


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