LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Comedian Chris Rock has been announced as the host for the 88th Oscars in 2016. The Academy's choice of Rock for the hosting gig was announced by producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin on Wednesday morning.
"Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry," said Hill and Hudlin. "Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host."
"We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation," added Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show."
Rock previously hosted the awards show in 2005 and will replace Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted in 2015.
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by ABC. – Staff Writers