STEVE MARTIN'S OSCAR MONOLOGUE

WELL, EXCU-U-USE ME!

Funnyman Steve Martin -- who'll host the Oscars -- fumed at the high-handed treatment he got when he handed the monologue he'd written to network brass for approval. Execs thought his material was too sexually suggestive -- but instead of handing it back to Steve for a rewrite, they had Oscar writers rework it! Steve hit the roof, refused to even LOOK at anything he hadn't created -- and said if changes were needed, he'd make them! The brass caved and Steve's busily recrafting.