“I understand what they’re saying. What I don’t understand is asking Chris Rock not to host.”
Steve Harvey is standing with Oscars host Chris Rock. The comedian and talk show host said Wednesday that he thinks the suggestion that Rock should boycott the ceremony for its absence of black nominees is counterproductive, while also sounding off on his relationship with Bill Cosby and his Miss Universe snafu.
“I understand the boycott,” said Harvey. “I understand what they’re saying. What I don’t understand is asking Chris Rock not to host. I think Chris Rock should host. Chris Rock doesn’t determine who the [nominees] are. The Academy does. And nobody knows who the Academy is.”
In Miami Beach to be honored by the National Association of Television Program Executives, Harvey was not the only one to skew the conversation towards film. Just an hour before Harvey took the stage for his Q&A, Quincy Jones sounded off on the matter in the same room.
“If it were happening to you, you’d feel the same thing,” Harvey said of the boycott, adding that the issue of exclusively white entertainment is nothing new. “How the hell did you have Friends in New York, and none of them [are] black? You have no black friends in New York? If you’re in Rhode Island, I’d let it slide.”
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