Chris Rock: Studios Are Too Worried About White People "Getting" My Jokes

Meredith Jenks

The comedian also talks about Tracy Morgan, Dave Chapelle and the Oscars as a religious experience

During his promotional tour for his film Top Five, Chris Rock has been speaking out about race relations in America, as well as the impact it has on the Hollywood film industry. When chatting with Howard Stern, Rock explained why he initially went to Scott Rudin after penning the Top Five script, rather than going straight to a big-name studio.

"The studios a lot of time are just scared: 'Are white people going to get this? Are white people going to get that?' " said Rock, adding a caveat that he's not including Paramount chief Brad Grey in this judgment. (Paramount bought the rights to the film following its Toronto Film Festival premiere.)

"They're so scared of what white people are going to get, they take all the ingredients out," said Rock, adding that by doing this they remove "all the soul food" until all that's left is "bland chicken."

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In the Stern interview, Rock talked about everything from how he'd once been asked to do stand-up at the Super Bowl to why he thinks women always sleep with Leonardo DiCaprio. He said Dave Chapelle was his favorite comedian and mentioned he'd visited Tracy Morgan, speaking a little about his health. He also had an interesting take on the Oscars, which he hosted in 2005. "The Oscars is a religious ceremony," said the comedian. "And people worship the statue. It is a big deal. It's kind of not to be made fun of."

Listen to his interview below.

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