Jon Stewart is Oscar-worthy again

While Fox opted out of hiring a comedian to host this Sunday's 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, choosing instead to feature a possible singing-and-dancing Ryan Seacrest instead, Oscars producer Gil Cates decided to maintain tradition.

Cates, on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, today announced that Jon Stewart will be hosting the gala for a second time. The 80th Academy Awards will take place February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast by ABC.

Comedian Stewart has hosted Comedy Central's The Daily Show since 1999, rounding up a loyal fan base and winning praise from critics. He's also appeared in several movies, including Half-Baked, Big Daddy, and Death to Smoochy. Stewart hosted the Oscars in 2006 (to generally positive reviews) and twice hosted the Grammys--in 2001 and 2002.

"Jon was a terrific host for the 78th Awards," Cates said in a statement. "He is smart, quick, funny, loves movies and is a great guy. What else could one ask for?"

Ellen DeGeneres, who currently hosts her own daytime talk show, handled hosting duties at last year's Oscars. Other past hosts over the last decade include Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg.

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