WASHINGTON: Jon Stewart, the late night TV satirical news host, would host this year’s Oscars organised by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. On the academy’s website, Gil Cates, who will produce the televised presentations of the film industry’s most prestigious awards, said he was a personal fan of Stewart’s.

“My wife and I watch him every night,” Cates said. “Jon is the epitome of a perfect host — smart, engaging, irreverent and funny.”