Seth MacFarlane to host 2013 Oscar telecast
“Family Guy” creator and voice Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Oscar telecast in February, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced Monday morning.
MacFarlane, a huge success in television for the last decade with his animated series “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show,” made his mark this summer at the box office with his raunchy, R-rated comedy hit “Ted,” which earned $218 million domestically.
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.
“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.”
The Oscars will be telecast on ABC on Feb. 24.
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