Chris Rock’s publicist denies claims he’ll rewrite monologue for Oscars
Producers previously said Rock would be addressing the issue of the 'white issue' in a new monologue.
NEW YORK - Controversy around the Oscars continues to snowball with comedian Chris Rock's publicist saying he's not rewriting his opening monologue for the awards ceremony next month.
This comes after producers of the Oscars said he would be emceeing Hollywood's biggest night in a new monologue.
The awards have come under increasing fire for being 'too white' and not acknowledging the work of actors from all races.
Rock's publicist Leslie Sloane sent out a statement saying the comedian has made decisions about the content of the show.
She adds the producer who claimed Rock was changing his Oscar jokes does not speak for him, neither does anyone else.
Rock who joked the Oscars were the 'white BET Awards' has been under increasing pressure to respond to the lack of diversity within the organisation and Hollywood itself.
Meanwhile, the Oscars have launched a landmark campaign to diversify the ranks of Academy Award voters who decide which actors, movies and filmmakers earn recognition, but Hollywood's highest honours may remain a predominantly white affair for some time to come.
The diversity debate follows a boycott by actor Will Smith, director Spike Lee and a handful of others who vowed to skip the 28 February awards.
They gave no indication that they plan to call off their Oscar boycott.
Additional reporting by Reuters.