Ladies and Gentlemen, the 85th Oscars now officially have a host.
The Academy has tapped Seth MacFarlane to helm the broadcast. It will be his first time hosting an event as large as the Oscars. Recently, MacFarlane MC’ed the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” said show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
The Academy used YouTube to let internet users in the big news. Posted to the Oscars YouTube channel, here’s Seth MacFarlane breaking the news to the public, as well as his (severely unimpressed) father:
“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” said MacFarlane. “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.”
MacFarlane, best known as the man behind Family Guy and American Dad, is riding high thanks to the box office success of his stoner comedy Ted. We’ll be interested to see if MacFarlane brings his often controversial brand of humor to the award ceremony, or dials it back a bit for the primetime crowd.
The Oscars will air on Sunday, February 24th.