Chris Rock In Talks To Host Oscars

Chris Rock is reportedly in serious talks to host the 88th Academy Awards with an official announcement expected shortly. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has declined to comment.

Rock previously hosted the Oscars in 2005 and has worked with new Oscar co-producer Reginald Hudlin who helmed the pilot of the comedy series “Everybody Hates Chris” which Rock produced. Rock’s previous stint hosting the Oscars was relatively well-received.

Hudlin and David Hill take over the creative reigns following the show’s 2015 telecast which dropped 16% in ratings from the previous year. The 2016 Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 28th 2016.

UPDATE: AMPAS has confirmed that Chris Rock is definitely onboard and set to host.

Source: Variety