E! star: “Everyone knows that when you think of rap music and hip-hop, you think of ‘Chelsea Lately’”
Chelsea Handler will host the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Handler announced on Wednesday.
“Everyone knows that when you think of rap music and hip-hop, you think of 'Chelsea Lately,'" Handler said on her E! show on Wednesday. "And that's why I will be hosting."
MTV acknowledged it was an “unexpected choice.”
She is the first female VMA host since Sarah Silverman hosted the show in 2007.
Handler said she also plans to host a week of VMA-themed “Chelsea Lately” shows leading up to the Sunday broadcast.
Obama called Kanye a "jackass," and West later apologized on Jay Leno's show.
Meanwhile, MTV's "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to disorderly conduct charges stemming from her beachside arrest last month in Seaside Heights.
A trial for Snooki was set for September 8.