Seth MacFarlane to Host 2013 Oscars telecast
It’s just been announced that Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland show, will host the 85th Oscar telecast next year. It may come as an unexpected surprise for some, but also a pleasant one for fans of the lighter-hearted Oscars ceremonies. Now we’ve got something to look forward to for February!
MacFarlane has done pretty well for himself over the past decade, making his name first in television with his various animated televsion series, before moving onto the box office with R-rated comedy Ted - the latter of which made a cool $218 million domestic profit. The LA Times also noted he’s an “accomplished singer” – his first big-band album ”Music Is Better Than Words” came out last year, and it’s pretty good.
MacFarlane’s not new to hosting live events either, the most recent of which being the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. He’s also presented at this year’s Emmys, and the 2010 Writer’s Guild Awards, as well as some of Comedy Centrals ‘roasts’. Some of those included names such as Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and David Hasselhoff. Here’s what he had to say about the Oscars gig:
“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars. 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 telecast’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also chimed in: “His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh.”
And you can watch The Oscars on February 24th via ABC. So far, it’s looking like it’s going to be an entertaining one – Hooray!