And the next Oscar host will be … Seth MacFarlane. Surprise! Some details from the Los Angeles Times:
An accomplished singer, who released his first big-band album, “Music Is Better Than Words,” last year, MacFarlane has hosted his fair share of live events, including, most recently, the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.”
“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 are by far MacFarlane’s most prestigious hosting gig, though he presented at this year’s Emmys and hosted the 2010 Writer’s Guild awards. His more downmarket efforts do, in fact, include Comedy Central’s roasts for Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and David Hasselhoff.