Chris Rock to Host Oscars 2016? ‘Top Five’ Star in Talks to Lead 88th Academy Awards

By Kyle Dowling (kyle.dowling@mstarsnews.com) | Oct 21, 2015 11:09 AM EDT
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It's being reported that Chris Rock is in talks to host the Oscars in 2016. Should everything go down the way we're hoping, it'll be the second time the Top Five star would host the Academy Awards, as he did before back in 2005.

Variety reports that should Rock step into the hosting spot, he'll be teamed up again with Oscars co-producer Reginald Hudlin, who apparently directed the pilot of the former Saturday Night Live player's series Everybody Hates Chris.

Should Rock agree to the gig, he'll be following last year's host Neil Patrick Harris. His show reportedly was met with a drop in ratings at 16%. Therefore, the producers of the 2016 show (Hudlin and David Hill) are already coming up with ideas for the show to bring viewers back. A couple of possibilities would be either a solo performer or "a combination of people for the duties," according to the report.

Rock was recently in the news for having helped honor comedian Eddie Murphy at this past weekend's Kennedy Center where Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize. He was joined by the likes of Kathy Griffin, Daily Show host Trevor Noah and Tracy Morgan in paying homage to the famed comedian, who, to delight the entire world, finally did that Bill Cosby impression we were hoping for.

Here are some photos from the night:

 If you hear any noise it's me and the boys.

A photo posted by Chris Rock (@chrisrock) on Oct 18, 2015 at 8:36pm PDT

The boys are back in town. A photo posted by Chris Rock (@chrisrock) on Oct 18, 2015 at 8:43pm PDT

 The great dick Gregory was in the house.

A photo posted by Chris Rock (@chrisrock) on Oct 19, 2015 at 8:11am PDT

So, folks, would you want Rock to host the Oscars? Take a look at his opening monologue from back in 2005 below:

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