Chris Rock is returning to host the 88th Academy Awards 10 years after his first controversial hosting gig at the 2005 ceremony.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) October 21, 2015
Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock, 50, an “MVP” of the entertainment industry with sterling credentials, including several stand-up specials, movies and his own TV series, “The Chris Rock Show.”
“Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all,” Hill and Hudlin said in a statement. “He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”
“Chris may be best known as a stand-up comic, but we think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways. He is unafraid in his artistry,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.
Rock, who made history as the telecast’s first black host, added in a statement that “it’s great to be back.”
The nominees for the 88th ceremony will be announced on Jan. 14th, with the show scheduled to air on Feb. 28th. We can’t wait to watch!