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ABC Open To Chris Rock Hosting Next Year

ABC will air the 95th Yearly Academy Awards on Sunday March 12, and Craig Erwich promises that the Disney-owned network will make the telecast “even better” than this calendar year.

Erwich, who is President of Enjoyment at ABC, instructed Deadline that even with the Will Smith slap on Chris Rock, he thought it was a “really profitable yr for the show.”

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He was also open to the thought of Rock web hosting the exhibit.

“My assessment of the Oscars was that it was genuinely a profitable calendar year for the demonstrate. Of course there was a large amount of controversy, which overshadowed a ton of the constructive issues about the demonstrate, but I was definitely joyful with the application,” he said. “Even before that extremely unfortunate moment, the show commenced off up 12 months more than calendar year, and we arrived again in a major way.”

The exhibit, which was hosted by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall, was up virtually 60% in viewers and 73% in the important demo from the hostless 2021 Oscars, capturing 16.6M viewers.

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“It was the major bounce again of any award demonstrate this year. If you look at what they had been hoping to do, which is actually bring entertainment back again to the application, they experienced a few astounding hosts, clips, and extraordinary musical performances, I thought it was a wonderful way for the demonstrate to reclaim its spot on the mantle. There’s constantly things to learn and we’ll endeavor to do even superior subsequent yr.”

CODA was the significant winner of the 2022 occasion, successful Ideal Photograph and come to be the first film distributed by a streamer to earn the primary award. Naturally, this was overshadowed by the fact that Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock for a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The display will air stay from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood with nominations declared on January 24, 2023.

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