Chris Rock had previously hosted the awards ceremony, in 2005

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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He’s back!

After fervent speculation, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences confirmed Wednesday that Chris Rock will return to host the 2016 Oscars telecast.

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock in a statement. “It’s great to be back.”

Rock, 50, hosted the awards ceremony back in 2005, just months before the debut of his hit sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Although that show is no longer on the air, it looks like Rock’s lasting relationships from the series have paid off: Reginald Hudlin, who directed the series pilot, will be co-producing the 2016 Oscars telecast.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said Hudlin in a joint statement with co-producer David Hill. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

Rock received mostly positive reviews for his maiden Oscars hosting gig, although like most hosts, he did manage to ruffle a few feathers by taking some jabs at the entertainment industry.

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Rock also joins the ranks of other A-listers who’ve had a second shot at the hosting gig. Both Ellen DeGeneres (2007, 2014) and Jon Stewart (2006, 2008) have taken the stage twice to host.

The 88th annual Academy Awards will be held at the Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb. 28, 2016.