Chris Rock will return as host of the 88th Academy Awards, having last hosted in 2005.
(Australian) David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, who are executive producing the event for ABC said, “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!”
“The challenge is to make it entertaining so it doesn’t seem like a lesson, so the audience cares for people when they get onstage,” Hill said.
“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”
“We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.”
The 2016 Oscars will be seen in Australia on February 29th on Nine / WIN.