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Chris Rock to host the Oscars

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Chris Rock, seen here in March, will be return as a host for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Chris Rock, seen here in March, will be return as a host for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Celebrated performer Chris Rock will return to host the 88th Academy Awards in February.

“It’s great to be back,” Rock said in an statement released by the Academy Wednesday. He previously hosted the 77th Oscars in 2005.

The acclaimed actor, comedian, voice artist, and producer has been keeping busy in recent weeks directing the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” which premiered this month on HBO. He’s also got four Emmy awards and three Grammy awards under his belt.

“We think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said. “He is unafraid in his artistry.”

The Academy Awards will air Sunday,  February 28 on ABC starting at 7 p.m. The Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, broadcasting to 225 countries and territories around the world.