"Well, I'm here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the White People's Choice Awards."
Chris Rock began his hosting gig at Sunday's Oscars with an intelligent, biting opening monologue that addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy head-on. Going into the ceremony, many were wondering how the comedian was going to address the issue, and he answered those questions immediately.
"If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job," he said. "You'd be watching Neil Patrick Harris."
He also addressed the boycott that some major Black figures in Hollywood, like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Many people wondered why he hadn't quit the hosting gig as part of the protest, which he thought was ludicrous.
"I thought about quitting," he revealed. "I thought about it real hard. They're gonna have the Oscars anyway, and they're not going to cancel them because I quit. And the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart."
"Jada [Pinkett-Smith] boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties: I wasn't invited," he continued.
See all the stars' hottest red carpet looks at the 2016 Academy Awards:
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Chris Rock at the Oscars: 'If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job'
Leave it to Rachel McAdams to totally steal the spotlight at the Oscars in a sea of A-listers. The gorgeous actress was a total knockout in an emerald halter dress with a dramatic train and sexy slit. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
The back of the star's dress was even more smokin' than the front. McAdams definitely took a huge risk with this ultra-revealing open back, but it totally paid off! (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Olivia Wilde put a modern spin on old Hollywood glamor in a sexy white pleated gown that exposed a ton of cleavage. A structured beaded cltuch and thick choker collar completed her head-turning look. The actress' husband, actor Jason Sudeikis, looked dapper in his own right in a simple tux. We're glad he left his sneaker at home for this one! (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Cate Blanchett turned heads in a mint gown dotted with floral appliqués that has us seriously pining for spring. A pretty 'do and natural makeup completed her fresh look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Of course Jared Leto wouldn't settle for a simple black tux -- and we wouldn't expect him to! The actor flaunted his signature style in a black Gucci suit with red piping and a red flower in lieu of a bowtie. Black slippers with white embroidery completed his unique ensemble. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
"Brooklyn" star Saoirse Ronan wowed in a sleek sequined Calvin Klein gown with a sexy, low-cut bodice in an eye-catching emerald hue. A tousled 'do and drop earrings completed the effortless look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ronan's revealing, low back was also a stunning sight to be seen. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Whoa! Kate Winslet looked like she was dipped in oil in this slick black gown that hugged her curves. It was nothing but sexy and she punched up the look with tousled tresses and diamond earrings. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Hello, gorgeous! Alicia Vikander totally stunned in a gorgeous, pale yellow Louis Vuitton creation with silver embellishments and a glamorous, bubble hem. A simple partial updo and drop earrings completed her flawless look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Lawrence donned a gorgeous nude gown with a layered black lace overlay. Minimal accessories, a chic straight bob and her signature smile completed the stunning look. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Lady Gaga didn't disappoint in a breathtaking all-white, ultra-glamorous look. The singer and Oscar nominee stole the show in a strapless white gown layered over a pair of white, wide-legged pants -- a look designed by her longtime stylist Brandon Maxwell. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
No surprise here -- Charlize Theron nailed it again in a gorgeous red mermaid gown with a sleek train, sexy straps and plunging neckline that was accented by a long, drop diamond necklace. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
It was Versace then, and now it's Gucci. "Room" star and Best Actress nominee Brie Larson rocked a ruffled cobalt gown from the designer with a thick, embellished accent belt. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin complemented each other perfectly in fabulous red carpet ensembles. The "Creed" star donned a chic navy and black tux and his wife turned heads in a slinky black satin gown. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Sofia Vergara wowed (as usual) in a strapless navy gown with sequined details and an accent ruffle at the waist. A sleek updo and pink lips completed her look. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Mindy Kaling, who provided her voice in hit animated film "Inside Out," went with a dramatic off-the-shoulder black gown with a billowing blue bow in the back. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Could Emily Blunt be expecting another baby girl? The pregnant actress stunned in a pretty, pale pink gown withh spaghetti straps and sequined embellishments throughout. A white and silver box clutch, soft waves and drop earrings completed the glowing star's lovely ensemble. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Eddie Redmayne switched it up by donning a luscious velvet tuxedo jacket and smoking loafers. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actress Daisy Ridley looked totally classic in a gorgeous silver, ankle-length dress. A sheer hemline and subtle peplum added interesting focal points to otherwise completely beaded frock. Dainty slippers, diamond accessories complemented the look perfectly, while a red lip added a glamorous pop of color. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Jason Segel was all smiles in a black tux with a black bowtie and white pocket square. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Cuteness overload! "Room" actor Jacob Tremblay looked totally dapper in a pint-sized Armani tux, neat 'do and his signature smirk. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Wowza! She's a long way from Quantico! ABC star Priyanka Chopra dazzled in a sparkling, embellished lace dress with a silver bet and a strapless, sweetheart neckline. The long train and her updo brought plenty of glamour to the look. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Kerry Washington missed the mark in a black and white gown with a leather bodice, although we love the cheeky reference to her "Scandal" gladiators! (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Wow! Rooney Mara was a total stunner in a slinky lace gown that looked perfect on her svelte figure. A smoky eye and dark lips, paired with a sharp, slicked-back updo added drama to the striking look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Talk about a bombshell babe! Margot Robbie totally stunned in a flawless gold sequined gown with a plunging neckline. A vintage-looking black clutch with a dramatic fringe closure completed her classic, glam look. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Julianne Moore went for a classic black Chanel gown this year. The pretty dress, which featured sparkling straps was very glam and she polished it off with a set of massive earrings. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Tina Fey attends packed a punch in a bright purple frock. She finished off the simple silhouette with a matching diamond necklace and a sleek updo. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa rocked a semi-sheer black gown with black sequin embellishments with a subtle, mermaid silhouette. A flirty updo and fresh tan completed her look. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber made quite the impression on the red carpet. Watts donned a sparkly blue and purple gown and Schreiber donned -- what else? -- a simple black tux. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actor Kevin Hart and wife Eniko Parrish stunned in all-black looks. Hart switched it up with a sequin-adorned tuxedo jacket, and Parrish wowed in a sexy one-shouldered black gown. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Olivia Munn wowed in a sleek, one-shouldered orange gown with an elegant cape design. The actress toted her NFL player boyfriend, Aaron Rodgers, as her date. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Whoopi Goldberg played it safe in this black off-the shoulder frock with a touch of ruching across the bodice and three-quarter length sleeves. She pulled her hair back into a low updo to polish off the look. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Jennifer Garner attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Heidi Klum donned a romantic one-shouldered chiffon gown with pretty flowers and a lilac gradient. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sissy Spacek and Schuyler Fisk donned all-black looks. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Blue babe! Oscar winner Patricia Arquette hit the red carpet with Eric White. The folded bow-like top and fitted bottom were a total hit. She finished off the look with a matching clutch. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Andra Day looked gorgeous in a simple pale yellow gown with an elegant, assymetrical, off-the-shoulder neckline. Old Hollywood curls and dark lips elevated her glam ensemble. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
He's a blue dream! Michael Strahan took a colorful approach for the big show in a bright blue 3-piece suit and shiny shoes. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Charlotte Rampling was the picture of class in a long-sleeved sequined gown in a tight plaid print. We're loving the breast pockets and satin slippers. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Pharrell always switches it up on the red carpet. This time, he rolled his pant legs up and donned leather shoes sans socks. His wife, Helen Lacichanh opted for a simple black gown. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Sarah Silverman looked ultra chic beside Michael Sheen in a stunning black gown. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Jason Leigh donned a pale pink peplum gown with pretty chiffon flower appliqués.
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
So hot! Parents-to-be Chrissy Teigen and John Legend made an appearance at the awards show -- and looked incredible. Teigen wowed in a nude gown with maroon beaded details. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
The boys of "Spectre!" Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes were dapper dudes in classic tuxedoes. We like Jimmy's green velvet tuxedo jacket, which is equal parts classic and differentiated. And can we all talk about how incredible Sam Smith looks? (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Common switched it up in a crisp, totally white tux. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Matt Damon looked neat and proper in a black tux and groomed 'do. His wife, Luciana Barroso, stunned in a sexy red gown. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu looked ready for a few wins in a black tux and his wife, Maria Eladia Hagerman, was elegant in a simple white gown. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actor Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley were a vision on the red carpet, but we could have done without Hardy's unnecessary sunnies. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Tina Fey looked better than ever in a gorgeous royal purple strapless gown with a twisted, cinched waist. She paired the frock with a stunning diamond necklace and updo. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Costume designer Sandy Powell showed off her adventurous fashion sense in a bright green suit with bell bottoms and a geometric shape. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Ryan Seacrest is in the house! The famous host opted for a gray dinner jacket and bow tie for his night out at the Oscars. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Peach of perfection! Host Louise Roe looked pretty as can be in a peach frock with an asymmetrical ruffle. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Weeknd looked totally dapper in a chic black tux with a very skinny lapel. (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
"Superman" Henry Cavill rocked a velvet jacket. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
"Game of Thrones" actress Sophie Turner channeled old Hollywood glamor in a sexy satin gown, diamonds and soft curls. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Bryan Cranston looked his usual self in a slick tux and Robin Dearden rocked a bohemian blue gown. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Isla Fisher was pretty as pretty can be in a sweet off-the shoulder floral gown with a metallic accent belt. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Silvery and sexy! Maria Menounos wore a custom Christian Siriano gown with stunning fan-like details and intricate beading. She polished off the looks with wavy, sideswept tresses. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Host Giuliana Rancic went for a dramatic look this year with a pretty white dress with floral embroidery and a deep backless cutout. The dress also featured two long panels creating a dreamy train. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
"Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts dazzled in a shiny gold gown with a beaded choker. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Michael Keaton donned a sleek tux and velvet shoes. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Flashy! Actor Orlando Jones went for a metallic and shiny tuxedo jacket and bow tie. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Tracey E. Edmonds was pretty as a picture in a simple, shimmery white gown and soft curls. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Phyllis Nagy opted for a classic black slack, white shirt and chic black jacket. (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Live Action Short Film 'Stutterer' Benjamin Cleary looked dapper in a chic tux, and actress Chloe Pirrie rocked wearing a custom dress by Karla Otto London. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Charissa Thompson's sparkly champagne gown complemented her tanned complexion and blonde locks perfectly. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Liz Hernandez slipped on a sexy, architectural black gown with artistic ruffles and a cleavage-baring cutout. (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Makeup artists Love Larson and Eva von Bahr were photo-ready in a navy and black tux and gorgeous red gown, respectively. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
"Anomalisa" director Duke Johnson rocked a classic black tux, and his guest donned a pretty pleated gown in a striking purple hue. (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Lara Spencer flaunted her fit bod in a form-fitting blue gown. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Actress Gena Rowlands showed a bit of leg in a black gown with a side slit and a black blazer. Flat shoes kept her comfortable on the red carpet. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
We're not sure what Amy Poehler was aiming for when she slipped on this black gown with colorful, floral embroidery. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Josh Singer, and his pregnant wife Laura Dave put on their best for the night out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy looked gorgeous in a floor-length, bedazzled coat. She's up for an Oscar about Pakistani honor killings. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Lorraine Ashbourne and "Star Wars" star Andy Serkis looked extremely glam. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Composer Stephan Moccio went for a jazzy, slimfut tux. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Allen Wenkus and his partner arrive on the red carpet. We adore her bright frock (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Director Adam McKay and Shira Piven color-coordinated their black ensembles (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
TV personality Lawrence Zarian donned a nice tux. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actor Duane Howard rocked a tux with an intricate, printed lapel. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Edward Lachman donned a fun vest under a velvet jacket, black hat and sneakers. (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Stunning! Dave Grohl was completely outdone by his gorgeous wife, Jordyn Blum, who rocked a red lave frock that had a Spanish flamenco flair.
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Dancer Diane Mizota sizzled in a sparkling, black and white frock with a plunging neckline. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Charles Randolph, left, and Mili Avital looked extremely classy. We can't get enough of Avital's tea-length dress with lightweight embellishments. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman went for fun and funky styles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
George Miller and Margaret Sixel went for straightforward looks. Miller's white bow tie was definitely a departure from the typical tux though. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Louis Gossett Jr., looked slick at the Oscars and his date looked ever better in a sparkling, gold frock. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sian Grigg poured her curves into this silvery frock. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
"Spotlight" producer Michael Sugar looked comfy and slick in a tux and tennis shoes with his date, Lauren Sugar. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Korean star Lee Byung-hun donned a classic tux for his big night out. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Finn Wittrock looked extremely dapper in his tuxedo. We can't get enough of that tiny bowtie . (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Producer Dede Gardner stunned in a bright white dress with silver detailing. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Director Tom McCarthy and Wendy Merry McCarthy looked fab in a tux and gorgeous silver gown, respectively. (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Sound Mixing for 'The Revenant' Frank A. Montano and guest looked lovely for the night out. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
J. K. Simmons, left, and Michelle Schumacher arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Manta Ray donned a golde dress with a wild print and cape detail. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Jacqueline West rocked a billowy black short-sleeved frock with shoulder cutouts. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs rocked a red gown with beaded fringe shoulders. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Screenwriter Meg LeFauve donned a red mermaid gown with pink lining. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg both donned formal tuxes. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Chadwick Boseman was chic in a navy tux. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Lily Cole donned a theatrical silver ballgown. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Mark Rylance and Claire van Kampen were alternative chic in offbeat ensemble. Rylance donned a three-piece suit and a tophat, and van Kampen opted for a green floral midi dress. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Deniz Gamze Erguven otped for a delicate, white gown with fringe and floral details. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Carter Burwell and wife Christine Sciulli arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP / FREDERIC J.BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J.BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rock also wondered why this year was the year that garnered so much outrage about the lack of Black nominees: "Why this Oscars," he asked. "It's the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole 'no Black nominees' thing has happened at least 71 other times."
His answer to that question -- why 2016 was the year's diversity problem was the one that prompted so much backlash -- was perhaps the joke the joke that made the most waves online.
"Black people did not protest [in years past]. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time. [We were] too busy being raped and lynched to care about won [Best] Cinematography."
As many people noted throughout the #OscarsSoWhite conversation in the lead-up to Sunday's ceremony, the lack of diversity in the acting nominations is more of a industry-wide problem in Hollywood and less the fault of the Academy itself. With so few Black performances in general, chances are there will be less Black actors nominated at the Oscars. And Rock addressed this idea in his monologue.
Watch Chris Rock Recreate the nominated films at the 2016 Oscars:
"If you want Black nominees every year, you need black categories like Best Black Friend," he quipped. "The real question everybody wants to know is, 'Is Hollywood racist?' You're damn right Hollywood is racist! They're sorority racist. It's like, 'We like you Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa.'"
In the end, though, Rock said that "times are changing," alluding to "Creed," the 2015 "Rocky" redux that starred Michael B. Jordan, a Black actor. What needs to change though? The opportunities given to Black actors.
"We want opportunities -- we want Black actors to get the same opportunities as white actors."
Well said, Chris Rock. Well said.
See all the stars' behind-the-scenes social media posts from the 2016 Oscars:
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Chris Rock at the Oscars: 'If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job'
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