Jack Black clearly takes no issue with getting slimed. The comedic actor will endure the green mystery substance once again as he is set to take on hosting duties for Nickelodeon’s 24th annual Kids’ Choice Awards for the third time. He helped hand out the coveted blimps in both 2006 and 2008 .
“Jack Black is the perfect mix of comedy, rock and star-power that will set the tone for an amazing show,” Kids’ Choice Executive Producer Marjorie Cohn said. “Jack is always an exciting host because of his unpredictability, incredible comedic timing and ability to connect with our audience. We’re really excited to have him back.”
Entertainment Weekly spoke to Nickelodeon head of talent Paula Kaplan, who had similar feelings about the “Kung Fu Panda 2″ star: “It’s not like hosting the Oscars where you’re performing for a bunch of adults who’ll laugh and pretend they like it because that’s the polite thing to do. Kids wear their emotions on their sleeves, and if they don’t like it, they’ll tell you. So some adults are fearful of that honesty. Jack is up for anything.”
Black, who starred in last year’s kid-friendly “Gulliver’s Travels” and has previously appeared on the Nick series “iCarly” and “Yo Gabba Gabba,” told the mag, “Anyone can host something once. But if they ask you back a second time, that means they liked the way you did it. And if you host a third time, that means the first time wasn’t a fluke, and it means you did good two times. So the third time, well — that’s the real achievement.”
It seems the 41-year-old star is ready to endure the mayhem the show tends to bring with it and has even set the bar higher for himself. Black, who in addition to hosting will face off against Johnny Depp, Dwayne Johnson and Jaden Smith for Favorite Movie Actor, told EW, “You wanna top the last one. I’ve had some pretty dynamic opening numbers. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but ‘I Was Made for Sliming You, Baby’? That was one for the ages.”
Nominees for the 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards — which will air live from Los Angeles on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon — include Kristen Stewart, Will Ferrell, Justin Bieber, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks, Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Carell, Peyton Manning, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Miranda Cosgrove, among others. Fan voting begins online March 7.
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