Reporting Tony Zazza
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Family Guy and Ted creator, Seth MacFarlane, will host the 85th Academy Awards.
This will be MacFarlane’s first appearance on the Oscar’s stage. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 24, 2013, live on ABC.
“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 producer Craig Zadan. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
“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.”
“Seth is unbelievably talented,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “We couldn’t be happier with the creative team we’ve assembled. With Craig, Neil, and now Seth, we’re off to a great start.”