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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Comments From Host Don't Rock Academy Bigshot

Gil Cates, the producer of the Oscars, said Monday he was not concerned by inflammatory comments made by comedian-turned host Chris Rock.

Rock has been stirring controversy in recent interviews by calling the awards "idiotic" and a "fashion show." He also was quoted as saying "What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one."

Are people really surprised that Chris Rock would make controversial statements? Isn't that the point of hiring him? Who did they think they were signing up to host? Nothing like a little publicity to goose ratings, though...

Here's hoping CR turns the Oscar telecast on its ear. It can use a little shakeup.

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