Oscars Pin Hopes on Chris Rock for Ratings

February 25, 2016 1:09 AM

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Oscars Pin Hopes on Chris Rock for Ratings

LOS ANGELES — The last time Chris Rock hosted the Oscars, he was judged by many to be a bust.

“Loud, snide and dismissive, he wasn’t just a disappointment,” wrote the USA Today critic Robert Bianco in 2005. “He ranks up there with the worst hosts ever.” Other reports noted that the audience for Mr. Rock’s show had dropped by 5 percent, to about 42.2 million viewers, from the year before, whe...

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