Chris Rock is officially set to host the Oscars in 2016.
The comedian previously hosted the 77th Academy Awards in 2005 and the network announced his return to the gig today. “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, who made the announcement. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”
“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock in a statement. “It’s great to be back.” He also took to Twitter to share the news with a simple message: “Look who’s back. #Oscars.”
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) October 21, 2015
“Chris Rock is a comedic powerhouse who will bring tremendous energy to the event, and we’re honored to have him,” said Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group.
The star has seen tons of success in his 30+ years in the industry and is known for his own no-holds-barred brand of comedy that should make for an entertaining ceremony.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will air on ABC at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m., PT.
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