Chris Rock to host ABC’s Oscar broadcast next year

Chris Rock appears onstage at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chris Rock is coming back to host the Oscars for a second time.

The show’s producers say the prolific comedian-filmmaker will be at the helm for the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock “the MVP of the entertainment industry.”

Rock, who hosted the 77th Oscars in 2005, has won four Emmy Awards for his comedy series and specials. He recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” for HBO. In 2014, he wrote, directed and starred in the feature “Top Five,” and in 2009 produced, wrote and starred in the documentary “Good Hair.”

He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993.

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