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Watch: Chris Rock addresses #OscarsSoWhite during opening monologue

It didn't take Chris Rock long to address the elephant in the room Sunday night at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony.

No non-white actors were included in this year's Oscar nominees, prompting outcry on social media, where users used the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to voice their displeasure.

During Rock's opening monologue Sunday night, he said he considered backing out of his hosting duties over the controversy. Then, he thought better of it.

“They’re going to have the Oscars anyway. They’re not going to cancel the Oscars because I quit," Rock said. "And the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”

Take a look at the full monologue:

Silas Allen

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