Chris Rock on Bill Cosby, white people and women in comedy

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock attend the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
CRESSKILL, NJ - MAY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock attend the 2013 Peace, Love & A Cure Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Benefit on May 21, 2013 in Cresskill, New Jersey. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation)
Hollywood, UNITED STATES: US actor Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock arrive to the premiere of the film 'I Think I Love my Wife' in Hollywood, 07 March 2007. The comedy starring Chris Rock, Kerry Washington and Gina Torres is also written and directed by Rock. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock arrive to the screening of 'The Longest Yard' in New York City, Tuesday, May 24, 2005. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree)
Actor and comedian Chris Rock, who stars in the movie "The Longest Yard," talks on the phone as he arrives with his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, for the movie's premiere Thursday, May 19, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Chris Rock, wife Malaak Compton-Rock and their children arrive at the 19th Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Malaak Compton-Rock, Lola Simone Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock and Chris Rock attend the 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Chris Rock (R) and wife Malaak Compton-Rock attend the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Malaak Compton-Rock attend the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock attends IFP's 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP)
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 06: Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock attend the 2008 Essence Music Festival - Day 3 on July 6, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) StyleWorks founder and executive director Malaak Compton-Rock, Zahra Savannah Rock, and actor Chris Rock attends the 'Bee Movie' premiere at AMC Lincoln Square on 13 on October 25, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Jerry Seinfeld, left, and Chris Rock attend the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Actor/director Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Jerry Seinfeld (L) and Chris Rock attend the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
Actor/director Chris Rock, left, and co-producer Kanye West attend the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor/director Chris Rock chats with chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, at the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor/director Chris Rock, left, greets co-producer Kanye West at the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock and Kanye West and Jadakiss attend the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Actor/director Chris Rock and actor Cedric the Entertainer attend the 'Top Five' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and actor/director Chris Rock attend the 'Top Five' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock and Brad Grey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Chris Rock attends the 'Top Five' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor-comedian Chris Rock accepts the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for 'Top Five' from host Queen Latifah onstage during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor-comedian Chris Rock accepts the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for 'Top Five' onstage during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: Comedian Chris Rock attends Celebrity Charades 2014: Judgment Day at Capitale on October 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Rosario Dawson (R) and comedian/actor Chris Rock attend the Variety Studio presented by Moroccanoil at Holt Renfrew during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Variety)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor/comedian Chris Rock poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor/comedian Chris Rock poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Vanessa Bayer in the 'Women in the Workplace' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Vanessa Bayer in the 'Women in the Workplace' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Vanessa Bayer in the 'Women in the Workplace' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during 'The Couple' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during 'The Couple' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during 'The Couple' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: Chris Rock during the monologue on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during the 'How's He Doing?' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jay Pharoah, Sasheer Zamata, Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones and Chris Rock during the 'How's He Doing?' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata and Chris Rock during the 'Vlog' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata and Chris Rock during the 'Vlog' skit on November 1, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Chris Rock' Episode 1667 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Rock and Kenan Thompson on October 30, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 9 : Chris Rock pictured at a special screening of Top Five at Ritz Five Theater in Philadelphia, Pa on December 9, 2014. **House Coverage** Credit: Star Shooter / MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Actor/director Chris Rock attends a conversation at TheTimesCenter on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 16: Actor/director Chris Rock attends a conversation at TheTimesCenter on December 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 09: Actor Chris Rock attends the VIP Screening of Paramount Pictures' 'Top Five' at Regal Atlantic Station on December 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Allied)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 09: Actor Chris Rock attends the VIP Screening of Paramount Pictures' 'Top Five' at Regal Atlantic Station on December 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Allied)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 09: Actor/comedian Chris Rock is seen arriving at Ritz Five movie theater to promote his movie 'TOP FIVE' on December 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
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Chris Rock is getting more candid -- and serious -- than ever.

The 49-year-old comedian recently gave one of his most in-depth interviews ever to New York Magazine, not holding back on topics ranging from the recent rape allegations against Bill Cosby, his thoughts on female comedians and race relations in America.

When asked if any comedian was ever "disdainful" to him when he was first starting out in his career, Chris quickly calls out Cosby.

"I mean, maybe Cosby early on, but he turned pretty quick," he shares.

Commenting on the recent multiple sexual assault accusations against the 77-year-old comedian, Chris goes so far as to liken the situation to the deaths of Joan Rivers and Robin Williams.

"I grew up on Cosby," Chris says. "I love Cosby, and I just hope it's not true. It's a weird year for comedy. We lost Robin, we lost Joan, and we kind of lost Cosby."

As for Rivers, Chris reveals his deep admiration for the late Fashion Police host.

"Great person, underrated comedian," he says. "Who the hell's funnier than Joan Rivers? ... The compliment you give of a comedian is: Who wants to follow them onstage? Nobody wanted to follow Joan Rivers, ever. Even in her 80s, nobody wanted to follow her."

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Chris also surprisingly defends comedian Roseanne Barr when describing comedy's ability to "smack Hollywood out of its inherent racism, sexism, [and] anti-Semitism."

"In this sense, comedy's really fair," he explains. "It's not like music, where you can hire Timbaland and he gives you a beat and a song, and even though you can't sing it's a hit. Comedy, especially stand-up comedy, it's like: Who's funny? ... Do they really want to do a show with Roseanne Barr? No, they want a thin blonde girl. [But] she's just funnier than everybody."

And Chris says he's absolutely ready for more females in the forefront.

"I'm absolutely ready for a woman president," he says about the possibility of Hillary Clinton running for president. "I'm ready for a woman nighttime-talk-show host, to tell you the truth. I wonder which will be first."

Chris clearly isn't afraid to talk politics and race in America in the lengthy interview with columnist Frank Rich, timely given the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

"When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense," he says bluntly. "There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they're not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before."

He specifically names President Obama as an example.

"So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he's the first black person that is qualified to be president," he says. "That's not black progress. That's white progress. There's been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years."

But that doesn't mean he doesn't have hope for the future, specifically when it comes to his children's generation. Chris has two daughters with wife Malaak Compton, and credits them with saving him from the depression so often seen in comedians.

"The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years," he explains. "The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let's hope America keeps producing nicer white people."

Chris's next film is the highly anticipated Top Five, a bittersweet comedy about a comedian trying to make it as a serious actor. The former Saturday Night Live star says he's proud that the film slightly channels the late Nora Ephron, who's responsible for such beloved romantic comedy hits as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.

"She and I used to talk about making a movie all the time," he surprisingly reveals. "She always used to say to me, 'Are you ready to walk? That's the only way we're going to make a movie. We're going to have to do a lot of walking and talking.'"

As for who his leading lady would be?

"I don't know. Kerry Washington?" he says. "It can be anybody though."

VIDEO: Behind-the-Scenes as Kerry Washington Bares All

ET's Nischelle Turner recently caught up with Chris to talk about Top Five, and he also opened up about his good friend -- and Top Five co-star -- Tracy Morgan's recovery from a horrific car crash this summer.

Watch the video below:

Chris Rock on Tracy Morgan's Recovery and How ET's Nischelle Turner Inspired 'Top Five'

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