Although reviews for his first turn as MTV Video Music Awards host were decidedly mixed (to be kind), Russell Brand is returning to host the show’s 2009 telecast.
If nothing else, Brand’s initial VMAs hosting stint generated conversation and that appears to be what MTV is hoping for with the September 13, 2009 kudosfest.
“We are thrilled that despite numerous death threats from Jonas Brothers fans, Russell Brand has accepted our offer to put his life on the line and host the VMAs again this year,” says Stephen Friedman, GM of MTV in a statement. “We’re also excited to be coming home to bring the most rambunctious night in music back to New York City.”
Brand was basking in the glow of his much-admired turn in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” when he hosted last year’s telecast. This year, he’s been promoting the release of his book “My Booky Wook,” as well as his Comedy Central special “Russell Brand in New York.” He’s most recently been filming “Get Him to the Greek” with producer Judd Apatow and director Nick Stoller.
“This year will be a controversy free festival of love and discrete orgasms,” Brand promises.
This will be the 14th time that the VMAs have been held in New York City, which is sufficient cause for the city’s mayor to provide a quote for MTV’s press release.
“MTV began in New York City and — like many of us — never left,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “New York City’s music scene is second to none. Every night of the week, our clubs, cabarets, and concert halls are overflowing with the latest and greatest sounds. The Video Music Awards showcase the best in music, production and art, I’m thrilled to welcome the show back to the Big Apple for the 14(th) time. The VMAs will bring even more excitement to the City That Never Sleeps, and they’ll give us a chance to introduce thousands of visitors to great music and arts attractions across all five boroughs.”
Already committed to perform at the VMAs are Muse and Taylor Swift.
“I’m so excited that MTV and the VMAs have invited me to perform, because I think this year’s show will be unlike anything they’ve ever done!” Swift gushes in the surprisingly thorough MTV release. “I love incorporating theatrics into my performances, and the VMAs have always allowed artists to run with that. MTV has been so good to me, and I could not be more excited about this year’s VMAs!”
Stay tuned for more information on performers and presenters.