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Chris Rock's Oscars host hiatus is 11 years. Is that a record?

Chris Rock's Oscars host hiatus is 11 years. Is that a record?

With Wednesday’s announcement that Chris Rock would be returning to host the Academy Awards ceremony in February, the comedian became the host with the longest hiatus between Oscar gigs, with 11 years having passed since his first stint fronting the show.

Over the years, many Oscar hosts have taken brief breaks from headlining: After hosting from 1979-82, Johnny Carson took a year off before returning in 1984. In the ‘90s, recurring host Whoopi Goldberg would often alternate years that she hosted the ceremony, with luminaries such as David Letterman and Billy Crystal covering the job in between.

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