The first Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, in 1988, were hosted by Debbie Gibson, along with Tony Danza, Brian Robbins and Dan Schneider. The cast of Full House did it two years later. Other past hosts have included pop-star-era Paula Abdul, Joey Lawrence, Queen Nice-period Rosie O’Donnell, Frankie Muniz and Justin Timberlake.
So the natural choice to host the show this year is… Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg is 42 years old. The best acting role of his career was when he played a coke-addicted porn star. In “The Departed” he gave possibly the most f-bomb-dense performance in film history. He’s never been in anything resembling a kids movie, unless you count “Ted,” and really, you should not count “Ted.” And while Wahlberg was once a kid-friendly rapper, that was almost 20 years ago.
“We are thrilled to welcome a superstar like Mark Wahlberg as he takes the helm as our master of ceremonies at the biggest kid event of the year,” said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s president of content development and production. “We can’t wait for him to host and have lots of slime-filled fun with Hollywood’s biggest stars and our audience.”
The term “slime-filled fun” could certainly apply to certain aspects of Wahlberg’s career. But not so much in the Double Dare sense.
The Kids Choice Awards, Wahlberg and all, will air March 29.