Jon Stewart is going to host WHAT?!?!?!
In a stroke of brilliance (or is it ratings-despair?), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tagged Jon Stewart to serve as Master of Ceremonies at this year's Academy Awards show, airing Sunday, March 5 on ABC.
It is hoped that Stewart, best known for his longstanding role as the deliverer of fake news on Comedy Central, and for his award-winning America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction will pull in the young hip viewers who are devoted followers of Stewart's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but who avoid the oft-perceived-as-stodgy Oscars.
Stewart's brand of rapier-sharp wit is particuarly effective because it doesn't stray far from the truth. In fact, in 2004, the Annenberg Public Policy Center conducted a survey which found that Stewart's young viewers were far more astute about current events than non viewers.
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Stewart, 43, announced that he was a little disappointed" by this year's selection for Oscar's host.