The stars are reacting to Chris Rock’s Oscars opening monologue in which he slammed both the all-white actor nominees and those who boycotted.
Speaking to INSIDE EDITION, Whoopi Goldberg joined Rock in ripping the boycott, saying: “It pisses me off. I don’t boycott.”
Watched Vinyl. Not the Oscars. Vinyl won my heart. DVRd Oscars. Just watched. Very Simple. @chrisrock delivered the best monologue ever!— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) February 29, 2016
Hats off to chris Rock for doing a difficult opening monologue...he handled a very difficult situation. A defining moment for you my brother— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) February 29, 2016
Biggest winner of @Oscars_Live? Chris Rock, hands down.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 29, 2016
@chrisrock yessss!!!! Good job mate!!! ?— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) February 29, 2016
???????????????? Chris Rock!!!! pic.twitter.com/xycnRLbIxC— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 29, 2016
I didn't think Chris Rock would stay this long on #OscarsSoWhite. I am SO glad he is! Genius. Smart. Eloquent. Hilarious.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 29, 2016
Music legend Quincy Jones told IE that he was not happen about those that boycotted the show, saying: "You have to fix the components at the bottom that allow for no diversity. We have to figure this stuff out rather than call for a boycott. It doesn't mean anything. What happens from a boycott?"
The comic pulled no punches in an 11-minute opening monologue about the lack of black nominees at this year's Oscars.
“Things going to be a little different at the Oscars. This year, in the 'In Memoriam' package it's just going to be black people that were shot by the cops on their way to the movies,” he said.
The host also mercilessly skewered actress Jada Pinkett Smith who had called for an Oscar boycott.
“Jada's mad her man will was not nominated for Concussion," Rock said. "I get it. I get it. Tell you the truth, I get it. You get mad. Said it's not fair that Will was this good and didn't get nominated.
"You're right. It's also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West, okay? Jada’s gonna boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn't invited!”
He continued: “I thought about quitting. I thought about it real hard, but I realized they're going to have the Oscars anyway. They're not going to cancel the Oscars because I quit. The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart."
The controversy became a running theme on Hollywood’s biggest night. One spoof recast black actors in the nominees for Best Picture.
But one bit fell awkwardly flat when Fox News host Stacey Dash, who has voiced disapproval of Black History Month, appeared onstage.
In the skit, she was named the new head of the Oscars "Minority Outreach Program" and, as she arrived on stage, there was hardly any applause.
She said: "I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month!"
Not a single applause or chuckle from the crowd could be heard. The audience awkwardly clapped when she left the stage and as the cameras panned to singer The Weeknd, he covered his face in embarrasment.
Prior to the show, Rock shared images of himself getting ready for the big night.
Getting my outfit together pic.twitter.com/0W2D8v1Aeb— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 23, 2016