Seth MacFarlane Tapped to Host 2013 Oscars

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has been picked to host the 2013 Academy Awards.

The announcement was made on Monday by first-time Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

"His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," said Zadan and Meron. "He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."

This will be the first time that MacFarlane, 38, has hosted the ceremony.

"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," MacFarlane said 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."

On Monday, MacFarlane also tweeted, "Very excited about the big news!" along with a link to this video:
MacFarlane is the creative force behind the television series "Family Guy" and co-creator of "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show."

He made his directorial debut earlier this year with "Ted," which earned more than $420 million at the box office.

MacFarlane also hosted season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" last month.

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10, nearly a week earlier than normal.

The Oscars will be presented on Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theater at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

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