Chris Rock: Eyeing 2016 Oscar Hosting Gig?
Gossip Date: 21-10-2015

It’s been over a decade since he hosted the 2005 Academy Awards, and now Chris Rock is said to be on the short list of emcees for the 2016 Oscars.

According to industry insiders, the “Everybody Hates Chris” creator is the favorite to follow-up Neil Patrick Harris’ dismal showing in 2015, which saw a 16% decline in ratings and the lowest viewership in six years.

Back in 2005, Chris certainly raised a few eyebrows with his witty commentary (for example: "If you want Tom Cruise and all you can get is Jude Law, wait!”), and earlier this month Rock told Entertainment Weekly, "What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one. And they don't recognize comedy, and you don't see a lot of black people nominated, so why should I watch it?”

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