While last night’s Oscars didn’t do well in regards to ratings, Chris Rock certainly hit on the nail on the coffin several times addressing the long standing elephant in the room in Hollywood.
In Nielsen’s metered market overnights, which include 56 of the nation’s largest markets, the show averaged a 23.4 household rating/36 share from 8:30 to midnight ET, down 6% from last year’s 25.0/38 and 16% below the 10-year high of 27.9/41 from two years ago. And in adults 18-49, last night’s 13.5 overnight rating was down 5% from 2015 (14.2).
“It’s not about boycotting anything, we want opportunity. We want the black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors. That’s it. Not just once. Leo gets a great part every year. All you guys get great parts all the time. But what about the black actors. Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors in the world. Jamie Foxx is so good in Ray that they went to the hospital and unplugged the real Ray Charles. They’re like, ‘We don’t need two of these.” says Rock.
In a stellar performance, Chris Rock delivers a comedic look on the unfortunate reality of a two-year run of all white nominees for the Oscars. Watch above.