Chris Rock credits his hosting stint at this year's (05) OSCARS with proving to critics he's not too foul-mouthed for mainstream audiences.

The outspoken funnyman was delighted when bosses picked him to front the 77th Academy Awards ceremony in February (05) because it made him realise America loves rude stand-up routines.

Rock, 39, says, "Doing the show got a bit of the chip off my shoulder. When you're a comedian that curses, you're always a second-class citizen to the guys who don't curse.

"They say, 'You're big, but so-and-so's a family comedian.' It's almost like porn - nobody admits to liking it, but it's a billion-dollar industry."

08/05/2005 21:50