Jon Stewart to host Oscars

Jan 05, 2006 by Ian Evans

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart has been chosen as the host of the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Telecast producer Gil Cates said Stewart, whose hosted the Grammys twice, will fit right in.

“My wife and I watch him every night,” Cates said. “Jon is the epitome of a perfect host — smart, engaging, irreverent and funny.”

Academy President Sid Ganis said “I’m very excited. Stewart is a superb choice — witty, current, intelligent and charming. What a terrific addition to our roster of great hosts!”

“As a performer, I’m truly honored to be hosting the show,” said Stewart. “Although, as an avid watcher of the Oscars, I can’t help but be a little disappointed with the choice. It appears to be another sad attempt to smoke out Billy Crystal.”

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