Update at 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 21, 2015: The Associated Press is now reporting that it’s official: Chris Rock will host the Oscars in February of next year. “Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock ‘the MVP of the entertainment industry,'” the story added.
Entertainment Weekly (EW) says that it has confirmed that a veteran comic is in talks to host the 88th Annual Academy Award ceremony that will be broadcast on ABC on Feb. 28, 2016. That comic is Chris Rock.
Says the story, “Should Rock solidify his deal, it will mark the comedian’s second stint on the Oscar stage, having hosted the telecast back in 2005, when ‘Million Dollar Baby’ won Best Picture.”
The show is being co-produced by Fox Sports veteran David Hill and writer, director, producer and former BET network president Reginald Hudlin.
Notes EW, “According to Hill, there was at least some initial discussion of having two hosts for the 2016 ceremony. “There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two,” Hill told EW. Co-producer Reginald Hudlin, however, was more measured about the multiple hosts idea.”
Another website, RobotButt.com, which initially had the scoop about Rock, says that according to its sources – who are not named in their story – Rock already has the gig and while there had been discussions about a co-host, there will not be one.