Chris Rock will host the Oct. 3 season premiere of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, with Megan Thee Stallion as musical guest. The announcement was made by SNL in a tweet today.
The comedian, former Oscar host and actor has signed on to star in the officially greenlit fourth season of Noah Hawley’s FX anthology Fargo. The role marks his first full-time TV gig since UPN’s Everybody Hates Chris.
After an eight-year absence from television, the multiple Emmy-winning comedian has signed a massive pact with Netflix for two stand-up specials. Sources say Rock has secured a whopping $40 million for the specials, which sets a new high-water mark for a stand-up comic.
Returning after 11 years, Rock inherits a ceremony in crisis as the academy grapples with slipping viewership and problems with diversity.
The show’s producers say the prolific comedian-filmmaker will be at the helm for the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock “the MVP of the entertainment industry.”