Chris Rock to Host 2014 BET Awards

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The comedian is unveiled as awards show emcee during Wednesday’s “106 & Park”

Comedian Chris Rock is set to host the 2014 BET Awards. The announcement came during Wednesday’s “106 & Park” on the cable channel.

“I watch the BET Awards every year,” Rock said later in a statement. “It’s one of my favorite award shows combining people from movies, sports, TV and music. Where else can you get Rick Ross and Michelle Obama in the same room?! The BET Awards is like a party where nothing is off limits. My peers have done the show now it’s my turn.”

“We’ve been trying to make this happen for a VERY long while, and we’re ecstatic that Chris Rock will be the host of the BET Awards for the first time,” added Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials at the network. “Mr. Rock is a comedic genius with a rapier wit who is a keen observer of pop culture.”

Also read: BET Awards 2014: The Complete List of Nominees

The awards show will air live Sunday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET on BET Networks from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. It will premiere elsewhere around the world on BET’s international network July 1, 8:00 p.m. GMT.

Hill and Lynne Harris Taylor, vice president of specials, will serve as executive producers, along with Jesse Collins.

In addition to the awards show, the BET Experience at L.A. Live will take place from June 27-29, headlined by Outkast.

Here is the tweet announcement: