What do these women in comedy have in common? Soon, they will all have hosted MTV’s “Video Music Awards.” Bette Midler co-hosted the awards with Dan Akroyd in 1984. Roseanne Barr hosted them in 1994. Now, 16 years later, Chelsea Handler will be hosting the awards from Los Angeles on Sept. 12.
“If there’s one awards show that I should be hosting, it’s probably this one,” Handler said in an interview with the New York Times. “My personality probably wouldn’t jell with the Emmys or the Golden Globes.”
According to the New York Times, Stephen K. Friedman, the general manager of MTV, described Handler as “an unexpected choice.” But it makes sense. Handler’s books — “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” and “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” — have sold particularly well with the college-age audience that MTV targets.
During the week before the MTV broadcast, “Chelsea Lately” will have music award themes. Handler’s line-up is still being determined.