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Chris Rock Takes Aim At Jeff Bezos During Oscars Opening Monologue

Chris Rock Takes Aim At Jeff Bezos During Oscars Opening Monologue

Ricky Gervais may not have been hosting the Oscars, but that didn't mean there wasn't any ribbing going on, thanks to Chris Rock.

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During the opening monologue of the evening, the comedian appeared alongside Steve Martin and took the opportunity to poke fun at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

After announcing that the billionaire was in attendance, Rock said: "He's got cash. When he writes a cheque, the bank bounces.

"Like, Jeff Bezos is so rich, he got divorced and he's still the richest man in the world.

"He saw Marriage Story and thought it was a comedy."

Martin spared the entrepreneur from further jibes though, explaining he preferred his packages 'on time'.

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Fair play to Bezos, he appeared to laugh along with the jokes, which may not have necessarily been that easy given he and his ex-wife MacKenzie only settled their divorce last April.

Bezos laughed along with Rock's jokes. Credit: ABC
Bezos laughed along with Rock's jokes. Credit: ABC

As Rock alluded to, 56-year-old Bezos remained the richest man in the world even after the divorce, with his total worth at the time sitting at $110 (£84) billion, compared to Bill Gates' $99.5 (£76) billion, Forbes reported.

Announcing the completion of the settlement on Twitter, Bezos said: "I'm so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love. It means more than you know. MacKenzie most of all.

"I'm grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process and am very much looking forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents.

"In all our work together, MacKenzie's abilities have been on full display. She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother. She is resourceful and brilliant and loving, and as our futures unroll, I know I'll always be learning from her."

MacKenzie tweeted: "Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and with help from everyone who reached out to us in kindness, and looking forward to next phase as co-parents and friends.

"Happy to be giving him all my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies.

"Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next."

But while the divorce may have been a touchy subject for Bezos, he may consider himself lucky the roasting was fairly light-hearted, compared to what Tim Cook had to sit through from Ricky Gervais' during the Golden Globes.

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Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, US Entertainment, Oscars

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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