Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy" and the voice of several of the hit animated show's main characters, including baby Stewie Griffin, will host the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.
The producers of the live Oscar ceremony telecast, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, announced the news on Monday in a statement provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and obtained by OTRC.com.
This marks the biggest hosting gig for the MacFarlane and the first time he will appear on stage at an Oscar ceremony. The 85th Academy Awards take place on Feb. 24, 2013 and will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
MacFarlane, 38, was recently seen on live television twice in the past month. He was a presenter at the 2012 Emmy Awards on September23 and hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for the first time on September 15. More than 75 percent of OTRC.com readers rated MacFarlane's "SNL" hosting skills as "great."
"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," Zadan and Meron said in their statement. "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. "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 was the roastmaster of Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen in 2011. He is best known as the creator and writer of FOX's animated shows "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show" as well as the comedy film "Ted," which marked his feature film debut and stars Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg. The movie was released in June and made more than $434 million worldwide.
MacFarlane provides voices for characters in his shows, notably megalomaniacal baby Stewie on "Family Guy" and the cartoon's other main male characters - patriarch Peter Griffin and his dog Brian. MacFarlane has won two Emmys for his work on "Family Guy," which is on its 11th season. In May 2011, it was announced that MacFarlane is developing a reboot of "The Flintstones."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also released a YouTube video showing MacFarlane announcing news about his Oscars hosting gig to his father, who pretends to be preoccupied with giving him "almost brand-new" bathing suits as a present. Watch it below.