NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 8:32 PM
Chris Rock is facing pressure to bow out as Oscars host in the wake of the diversity controversy — but not from former host Whoopi Goldberg.
“The View” co-host explained on her daytime gabfest Tuesday why she wasn’t joining in on the calls for a boycott of the Feb. 28 ceremony.
“Boycotting doesn’t work, and it’s also a slap in the face to Chris Rock,” said the four-time Oscars host.
Goldberg, an Oscar winner for 1990’s “Ghost,” also said that a conversation about diversity in Hollywood shouldn’t only occur during awards season.
“There’s not a lot of support for little companies that make movies that may be more diverse than anything else, but you can’t bitch about it just at Oscar time,” she explained.
““Chris Rock is the host of the Academy Awards and to boycott him seems just as bad as what everybody is saying,” she noted. “To me, we have this conversation every year. It pisses me off.”
Rock is facing pressure to join the Oscars boycott along with Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, and as celebs such as George Clooney and even Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs have criticized the Oscars nominees’ lack of diversity.
But Ricky Gervais, who has emceed the Golden Globes four times including this year’s show, argued that the “Top Five” star shouldn’t consider stepping down from his high-profile gig.
“If I were @chrisrock, I wouldn’t be considering boycotting The Oscars,” he tweeted Tuesday. “I’d be thinking ‘this s–t is live. I can do some serious damage.’”
As for Rock himself, he has stayed mostly quiet during the fray, only posting a promo video last week jokingly calling the Oscars the “White BET Awards.”