Conan O’Brien was named the host of next month’s 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
O’Brien certainly has plenty of hosting experience. He served as the host of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993-2009, at which point he took over as host of “The Tonight Show.” Although O’Brien’s gig on “The Tonight Show” didn’t last, he quickly landed another late night show, “Conan,” which began airing in Nov. 2010 and is still on TBS.
O’Brien also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2006, as well as a co-hosting gig in 2003.
Now, it’s onto the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
“After eight years of intense negations, I am honored to announce I am hosting MTV’s second most prestigious awards show,” O’Brien said in a statement on March 4, with the network adding that the awards show would be “another epically funny, explosive, over-the-top show.”
O’Brien also took to Twitter with the news.
— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) March 5, 2014
While O’Brien is obviously very funny, and has had a long, successful career filled with laughs, MTV seems to be an odd place for the 50-year-old comedian.
Last year, the network welcomed Rebel Wilson as the host, which appeared to be a perfect fit. Not only did Wilson appear age-appropriate, she was in several blockbuster movies in the year prior. Among them were “Bachelorette, “This Means War,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and “Pitch Perfect.”
Wilson was a top comedic actress, so having her host the Movie Awards made sense.
O’Brien, on the other hand, is an older comedian, and his age could be a factor in this role. Do MTV’s younger viewers really want to see a middle-aged, non-actor hosting the Movie Awards? It seems that someone like Jonah Hill, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, or someone else who is both funny and in movie would make more sense.
In the past, MTV has welcomed comedic actors such as Russell Brand, 38, Jason Sudeikis, 38, Aziz Ansari, 31, and Andy Samberg, 35, to host the awards show, and they’ve all been a hit.
So, does O’Brien stand a chance?
Although it may not make the best sense, O’Brien has been in comedy for years, so if anyone could “pull one out,” as they say, when it comes to comedy, it could be him.
The 2014 MTV Movie Awards airs live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on Sunday, April 13.
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