Chris Rock Confirmed As Oscars Host
Comedian Chris Rock will host the 88th Annual Academy Awards this year, according to sources.
The funnyman emerged as a front-runner for the gig on Tuesday and revealed Wednesday he has signed on to return 11 years after he last hosted the big night.
In a statement released Wednesday, he wrote, “I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars. It’s great to be back.”
New Academy Awards producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill added, “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian, he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”
Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who fronted the 2015 show, has since offered up his thoughts on Rock’s appointment, taking to Twitter to write, “Chris Rock is hosting the #Oscars. Brilliant choice. He’ll be awesome.”
Chris Rock is hosting the #Oscars. Brilliant choice. He'll be awesome.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 21, 2015
The 2016 Oscars will take place on February 28, 2016.