(LOS ANGELES) — Seth MacFarlane, the mastermind behind Family Guy and the 2012 comedy hit Ted, will host the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.
ABC made the announcement in a press release Monday.
“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,” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said. “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,” MacFarlane said in the release. “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.”
MacFarlane’s hosting gig will mark his first appearance on the Oscar stage. Recently, he hosted the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, showing off his versatility as he sang and did voices during his opening routine.
MacFarlane made his feature directorial debut this past summer with the box office hit Ted, which he co-wrote and produced, while voicing the title character. In addition to Family Guy, MacFarlane is also the co-creator of American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will broadcast live on Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC.
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