After 10 years, Chris Rock is returning as our Oscars host, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced this morning. Rock, 50, announced it himself on Instagram as well, with a photo of him holding an Oscar and captioned it, "Look who's back."
Rock is over the moon about hosting next year, saying “I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars. It’s great to be back.”
Hopefully, he'll bring up the ratings from this past year. Neil Patrick Harris hosted the awards show in February of this year and it had the lowest ratings in over five years. I thought he was funny, but I'm guessing others...not so much. A similar occurrence happened back in 2011 when James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted together, and it was a disaster that many still haven't forgotten about.
But the Oscars have been hosted by many amazing people in the last few years, including Ellen Degeneres (2014), Seth MacFarlane (2013), and Billy Crystal, who has hosted a whopping 9 times with the last time being back in 2012. So he's following in the footsteps of many greats, and I'm sure he won't disappoint.
While there's a ton of excitement floating around on social media, Rock wasn't many people's first choice. There were rumors that comedians and best friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may host, as many were advocating for that. Others were wanting Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele to host - they were my first choice as well. But Chris Rock is a hilarious dude who I'm sure will be making us laugh all night. Here's to you, Chris! He'll rock it. (See what I did there?)
The Oscars will be televised on Sunday, February 28, 2016 on ABC.