Chris Rock Is Concerned About The Obamas' Netflix Deal: I Don't Need Him 'Worried About His Rotten Tomatoes Score'
"I don't want to live in a world where President Obama is worried about his Rotten Tomatoes score," the comedian said in an interview.
Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama announced their multiyear production deal to produce television shows and films with Netflix earlier this year. Comedian Chris Rock has some thoughts on the Obamas' deal.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rock said he doesn't want the former president to be concerned with "his Rotten Tomatoes score."
"I don't want to live in a world where President Obama is worried about his Rotten Tomatoes score," he said. He later added, "I want him above that at all times. Make your money, but I don't want [him] to be involved with that."
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Although it's not clear whether Rock's comments were tongue-in-cheek, the announcement of the deal has sparked excitement from many on social media. Some conservatives, however, have vowed to cancel their subscriptions amid news of the deal.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Netflix head Ted Sarandos said the Obama programming would have "no political slant." The Obamas are instead slated to produce “scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features,” The New York Times reported.
The former president released the following statement about the Netflix deal, CNN reported:
"We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world."
Michelle Obama added:
"Netflix's unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership."
As for more showbiz advice for the Obamas, Rock told The Hollywood Reporter, "I'd just send them over to Donald Glover." He added, "That's what I'd do."