Chris Rock confirmed to Host 2016 Oscars

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Comedian Chris Rock will host the 88th annual Academy Awards. The 50-year-old confirmed the news himself Wednesday morning on his Twitter with a brief message: “Look who’s back. #Oscars,” he wrote alongside a photo captioned of him holding the golden statue.

Oscar show producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced the news this Wednesday. “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said David Hill and Reginald Hudlin. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

The cunning comic takes over as MC after Neil Patrick Harris hosted last year’s telecast, which drew the show’s lowest ratings in 6 years — down 16% from the previous year’s Oscars.

Hill and Hudlin said they were eager to give the ABC telecast a fresh look. Hill said “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.”

All of that seems to be forgotten with the praise the Academy is extending to the multi-hyphenate, who most recently directed Amy Shumer’s HBO comedy special after witing, directing and starring in the critically-acclaimed film Top Five.

“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.”

Rock had said in his opening sermon: “If you want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law, wait!”

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

The 2016 Oscars will be held at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood on 28 February.

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