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Chris Rock Confirmed To Host 2016 Oscars In February

Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards on February 28.

"Chris may be best known as a stand-up comic, but we think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways. He is unafraid in his artistry," Academy CEO Dawn Hudson says in a statement. "We couldn't be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars."

It will be the first time Rock will return to the Oscars since his somewhat controversial 2005 hosting gig after he made a joke at Jude Law's expense. He joked Law was a low-rent Tom Cruise.

Rock was also criticized for referring to the Oscars as "idiotic" and implying that straight men don't watch them in an interview prior to the event.

The veteran comedian will take over after Neil Patrick Harris hosted last year's telecast, which drew the show's lowest ratings in six years.

Seth MacFarlane, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, James Franco and Anne Hathaway (photosAnne Hathaway photos) are some of the other names who have hosted over the last decade.

October 22, 2015 |

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