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2014 MTV Video Music Awards to have no host: 5 hosts they should bring back

Who’s the host with the most over at MTV? Apparently, it’s… no one.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Jack Black being interviewed on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio channel from Comic-Con 2014 at The Hard Rock Hotel on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.
Photo by Kent Horner

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony airs live Sunday night on MTV, and it looks like producers have decided not to waste precious time on silly monologues or between-awards chit chat. On Friday, Spin confirmed that no one will be hosting the 31st edition of the annual gala.

Bummer for us. MTV has tried the no-host route before-- in 2004, 2007, 2011, and even last year-- and, frankly, it was bizarre. On the MTV website, the explanation reads: “Who needs a host? This show’s got enough action to carry itself!”

Still, with 30 previous VMA ceremonies under their belts, MTV execs have plenty of worthy contenders to choose from for the high profile hosting gig. Here are five hosts they should consider bringing back to host the VMAs.


Back in 1986, several of the original MTV VJs hosted the VMAs—and they brought along a couple of friends. Old school VJs Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn were joined by “Downtown” Julie Brown and Dweezil Zappa, who were new to the music channel at the time. A reunion of these classic VJs would be old school cool!

Arsenio Hall

The comedian and talk show host has hosted the VMAs more than anyone else, fronting the show a whopping four years in a row, from 1988 to 1991. With his most recent late night talk show now a distant memory, Arsenio surely can squeeze in the time to be a last minute VMA host. Roo roo roo!

Chris Rock

The comic and "SNL" alum has plenty of experience with live TV. Rock hosted the VMAs twice in the late 1990s—and even went on to a prestigious hosting gig for the 77th Academy Awards in 2005. Plus, Rock is a music video veteran, directing the Red Hot Chili Peppers video “Hump De Bump,” and appearing in Johnny Cash and Big Daddy Kane vids. Come to think of it, this guy is so overqualified, MTV probably can’t even get him now!

Roseanne Barr

The year was 1994, and Roseanne Barr was the star of one of the top sitcoms on television. These days she’s more into macadamia nuts, but we’re still nuts about her off-the-wall, crazy brand of comedy. Since the VMAs have only had three female hosts in 28 years (not including the VJ-hosting collaboration, Bette Midler and Chelsea Handler have been the only other female hosts), we think it’s time to bring Barr back!

Jack Black

The comedian and Tenacious D front man hosted the VMAs back in 2006, and he’s a three-time host of the Kids Choice Awards. But it’s not his hosting experience that makes him stand out. Black’s Tenacious D music has been featured in a slew of video games, and he has appeared in music videos for everyone from the Foo Fighters to Dio to Weezer. A VMA host who has a ton of music video experience? What a concept. What say we bring the “music” back to Music Television?

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. on MTV.

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