Tyrese Gibson thinks Chris Rock should step down as Oscars host

Tyrese GibsonTyrese Gibson has urged Chris Rock to step down from hosting the Oscars.

The Furious 7 actor insists there is no way the comic can use his position to properly address the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations, so should take a stand by pulling out of the event.

He said: “There is no joke that he can crack. There is no way for him to seize the moment and come into this thing and say, ‘I’m going to say this and say that I’m going to address the issue but then I’m still going to keep my gig as the host.’ The statement that you make is that you step down.”

The star, 37, compared the controversy to gay rights issues, claiming that if the problem was LGBT related, a homosexual host would have stepped down straight away.

He told People magazine: “If the host Chris Rock was a homosexual he would have stepped down already.”

Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have already announced they won’t be attending this year, and Tyrese thinks they’re doing the right thing.

He said: “If you have a problem with feeling like you’re being excluded, all across the board, you don’t just sit on your hands and complain. You fix it.”

50 Cent has also called for Chris to pull out of his hosting role.

Alongside a picture of the comic, he posted on Instagram: “Chris please do not do the Oscar awards. You mean a lot man, don’t do it. Please.”

The Top Five star hasn’t addressed the calls for him to step down but recently poked fun at the all-white acting nominees.

He tweeted: “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards (sic).”

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  1. Cliff • January 21, 2016 @ 10:38 AM

    Brilliant. So when the Academy DOES recognize a black person, said person should shove it back in their face. Maybe these people with their noses out of joint should take a step back and calm down. Have some dignity. Maybe no black actor had a great performance last year. It’s possible.

  2. Judy • January 21, 2016 @ 12:39 PM

    These people are actors,They play at make believe,not rocket science.I have always said they make way to much for what they do.There are real problems in the world,and if you can solve them THEN you can have a say about how things are done.Grow up you spoiled children.
    Yes they need to change how the awards are run,but this is not the way.
    And Jada does you husband have a mouth,or does he always hide behind your skirts.Can’t he speak for him self.Funny we have not heard from him in all this,a lot of other stars BUT NOT HIM. Where are you.Hot nothing to say.

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