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Rock Defends Oscar Quips

Upcoming 77th Academy Awards host Chris Rock is standing by controversial remarks he made calling the award ceremony a "fashion show" which holds no interest for black men unless they are gay. The Head Of State funnyman sparked a storm of controversy after his anti-Academy Awards tirade was published in magazine Entertainment Weekly, but he remained unrepentant during an appearance on American chat show The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The 40-year-old joked, "I did not say that. I said only gay people watch the Tonys!" Before continuing more seriously, "I really don't know any straight men who aren't in show business that have ever watched the Oscars. What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? The awards don't really affect anybody's lives in the crowd."