This guy just can't get a break. Seriously, someone throw Seth MacFarlane a bone.
Kidding, of course: MacFarlane is on a streak unmatched in show business right now. He's found success with "American Dad," "Family Guy," and the "Cleveland Show," he released the massive hit "Ted" earlier this year, and he received positive reviews for his hosting job on "Saturday Night Live" a few weeks ago. Now, he's going to host the Oscars, the Academy announced today.
It’s a bold and unexpected move, especially since he has never hosted another awards show, although MacFarlane proved himself more than capable on live TV with a recent Saturday Night Live hosting gig, which in retrospect would seem to be a major part of this Academy Awards audition.
He’s also been Master of Ceremonies at one other slightly less prestigious event …
“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.”
The Oscars are normally uptight and stuffy to the point of insufferability, so the Academy's decision to tap MacFarlane should come as a welcome relief, especially after a cringe-worthy job by Billy Crystal last year. Here's hoping MacFarlane treats the show with the same irreverance "Family Guy" has in the past: