The extensive search to find an Oscars host is over. Jon Stewart of The Daily Show will host the Academy Awards on March 5, organizers confirmed today.
Chris Rock and Billy Crystal both turned down invitations to host the 78th annual show.
Stewart has never hosted the Oscars before, but won critics over with his humour while hosting the Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2002.
The Comedy Central star made reference to Crystal, who has hosted the show eight times, in a statement.
“As a performer, I’m truly honoured to be hosting the show,” he said. “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.”