We’re going to resist the urge to joke that the 2016 Academy Awards telecast might be about to Rock on with its bad self. (Whoops, just did.)
Chris Rock will return as host of next year’s Oscars, the Academy confirmed on Wednesday.
It’s Rock’s second time as emcee for the biggest night in movies; he last hosted in 2005. Earlier this week, RobotButt broke the news of Rock’s then-pending deal.
The 2015 Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, hit a six-year ratings low in audience. Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences turned over producing duties to Reginald Hudlin and David Hill, who at the time told Variety they planned to shake up the telecast with some new elements — while trying not to ruffle the feathers of traditionalists.
The 88th Academy Awards are slated for Feb. 28, 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
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