Friday, February 16, 2001
Los Angeles Comedian Jon Stewart has stepped in last minute to play host to next week's Grammy Awards, it was announced Wednesday. Stewart, who serves as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," joked with "Access Hollywood" that he would have "a whole week now to buy some CDs" and familiarize himself with today's music.
"Jon's razor-sharp wit, comedic spontaneity and connection to the contemporary music audience will provide a perfect fit with our dynamic, talented and amazingly eclectic Grammy talent lineup," said Recording Academy President/CEO Michael Greene.
Stewart replaces Rosie O'Donnell and Garry Shandling, who were hosts of the Grammys last year. Cher, Jim Carrey and Jennifer Lopez reportedly turned down the job.
Stewart's credits include the HBO comedy special "Jon Stewart: Unleavened" and MTV's "The Jon Stewart Show." He has appeared in the films "Big Daddy," "Playing By Heart" and "The Faculty."
The 43rd Grammy Awards Feb. 21 will include Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Faith Hill, Elton John, Madonna, 'N Sync, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Take 6 and U2.