Bill Cosby and Steve Harvey attend Screen Gems Presents The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation).

Bill Cosby and Steve Harvey attend Screen Gems Presents The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation).

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Steve Harvey thinks that it’s counterproductive to ask Chris Rock not to host the Oscars amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

“I understand the boycott,” he said on Wednesday in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I understand what they’re saying. What I don’t understand is asking Chris Rock not to host. I think Chris Rock should host. Chris Rock doesn’t determine who the [nominees] are. The Academy does. And nobody knows who the Academy is.”

“If it were happening to you, you’d feel the same thing,” Harvey said of the boycott. He noted that the issue was not new but that it was frustrating, saying, “How the hell did you have Friends in New York, and none of them [are] black? You have no black friends in New York? If you’re in Rhode Island, I’d let it slide.”

The talk show host also weighed in on disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, who he says he remains in touch with.

“He has been a friend of mine. He has been a friend to my children That’s the man I know. I don’t know what it is. I would love to believe none of it were true, but I’m not the judge and jury on this one. Wherever the chips fall, he is my friend.”

“I’ve talked with him a couple times,” he added. “I don’t bring up the subject. What do I say to him, “Hang in there?” Have you ever been in trouble and someone told you ‘Hang in there?'”

 

 

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