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Chris Rock expressed his satisfaction on Oct. 21 when ABC announced that he’d be the one to host the Academy Awards in 2016. He was already the host back in 2005, and we’re just as excited to see him in that role now as we were 10 years ago.
Here’s what David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said:
Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!
Reggie also has a history of working with Chris on the show Everybody Hates Chris. Chris will continue where Neil Patrick Harris left off last year, who is one of the first to share his thoughts on the matter, explaining that Chris wouldn’t be his primary choice. Here’s what he said:
I would say, Kristin Wiig. It’s a good combination of beautiful, hilarious and odd. I loved Andy Sandberg. I thought he did good with the Emmys because there’s this smile that he does where you can tell he’s amused with his joke, regardless if it lands or not. He’s got sort of that half smile that just makes me laugh regardless of its success.
Cheryl Bone Isaacs, the president of the Academy, said:
We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation. He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.
The President of ABC Entertainment, Paul Lee, also referred to Chris as a “comedic powerhouse,” so it’s safe to say they’re thrilled to have him back. However, it was Academy CEO, Dawn Hudson, who said the most impactful statement:
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.
We’re certain that Chris’ comedic talent and his natural charm will be invaluable assets to the 88th Academy Awards!