While accepting the Spotlight Award at the National Board of Review ceremony in New York, the 49-year-old comedian explained to the audience that Rudin, who made racially charged comments last month about President Obama in several leaked emails to Sony’s Amy Pascal, wasn’t really prejudiced as much as he was just nasty.
“Scott Rudin is not a racist. Scott Rudin hates everybody,” he told the laughing audience.
“He’s not here because he hates all of you!”
Tuesday’s remarks were the first time Rock has specifically mentioned the producer of his new movie following the “scary” cyber-attack on Sony.
“Read my emails,” he said to the New York Times. “I say offensive things for a living.”
Introduced by pal and fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Rock began his speech by saying that he thought NBR stood for the “National Black Review.”
He also went on to poke fun at animated movies after “Lego” picked up the trophy for best original screenplay.
“They all say, ‘We made something that was more than an animated movie.’ No you f—ing didn’t.”
“I did ‘Madagascar.’ I cashed a check and got the f— out of there.”
He also said that he auditioned to play Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for director Ava Duvernay. “I would have done ‘Selma,’ but she didn’t pick me,” he said. “I came in and looked like I had marched. Nothing. Not a freaking thing.”