Did not see this one coming…
Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Oscars in February, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has announced.
MacFarlane, who also has a box office hit with his raunchy, R-rated comedy hit Ted, has previously hosted the 2010 Writer’s Guild awards, Comedy Central roasts and Saturday Night Live. He was also the presenter who had microphone problems at the Emmys until he walked to another one.
No doubt the move is also to continue to target a young demographic for the event for broadcast TV.
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars,” said the telecast’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh.”
“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” said MacFarlane in a statement. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen roast.”
The Oscars will be telecast take place on February 24th (US).
Source: LA Times