Russell Brand is kicking off the summer with a familiar gig. Three years after emceeing the MTV Video Music Awards, the 36-year-old comedian/actor will be hosting the 2012 MTV Movie Awards when they air live on June 3 from Universal City, Calif. “This MTV Movie Awards will be more impressive than The Avengers and you won’t have to wait an hour for someone to Hulk out,” Brand said.
“With his amazing ability to span the full spectrum of comedy from the most high to lowbrow, Russell’s smart, unpredictable wit uniquely connects him to our audience,” Stephen Friedman, President of MTV, shared. “His rock-n-roll sensibility and fearlessness give us the perfect partner with whom to take a leap of faith with as we meld the worlds of movies and music together on one very special night.”
But, there’s a bigger question that remains concerning this announcement: Will Brand’s ex-wife Katy Perry (who is usually a big MTV supporter) attend this year now that Brand is hosting? Perry and Brand have a personal history with Awards Shows and MTV — the duo began dating after meeting at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. (You might remember this barb from his hosting duties: “Katy Perry didn’t win an award and she’s staying at the same hotel as me, so she’s gonna need a shoulder to cry on. So in a way, I’m the real winner tonight.”)
Now, only time will tell if these ex-lovers will come face-to-face again at the MTV Movie Awards. A reunion like this is guaranteed to set off fireworks, but not the kind that Perry will be singing about afterwards.