Date: 22nd October 2015
Chris Rock is returning to host next year's Oscars ceremony, its producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have announced.
The actor and comedian previously hosted the 77th annual Academy Awards in 2005, when the reception to his opening monologue and some controversial jokes was mixed.
"I'm so glad to be hosting the Oscars," Rock said. "It's great to be back."
The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday 28 February, 2016.
Last year's ceremony, hosted by television and Broadway star Neil Patrick Harris, had the lowest Oscar ratings for six years, and were down 16% on the previous year, when Ellen DeGeneres had been at the helm.
"Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry," said Hill and Hudlin. "Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian - he's done it all. He's going to be a phenomenal Oscar host. "
Source: Press Release