Oscars: What Hollywood Is Saying About Chris Rock's Monologue

The host addressed the controversy right off the bat.

Chris Rock was quick to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in his monologue as host of the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night.

Perhaps the most anticipated moment of the night, heading into the show, was what Rock would say about the issue. Apart from a tweet calling the Oscars the "White BET Awards" immediately after the nominations were announced, Rock has remained silent on the issue, even canceling a planned cover story for The Hollywood Reporter.

Calling the show the "White People's Choice Awards," Rock added: "If you want black nominees every year you need to have back categories ... like: best black friend. 'And the winner for the 18th year in a row, is Wanda Sykes.' Is Hollywood racist? You're damn right Hollywood is racist. Hollywood is sorority racist."

He added that the "In Memoriam package is just going to be black people shot by the police on their way to the movies."

Here is what Hollywood had to say about his comments: