Craig Ferguson to host Discovery’s Shark Week


5364 Add “Shark Week host” to Craig Ferguson’s ever-expanding resume.

I didn’t even realize Discovery Channel employed hosts for its ever-popular “Shark Week.” Aren’t the real stars of “Shark Week” the sharks? But Ferguson has scored the job just as Discovery Channel celebrates its 25th anniversary — so this is going to be a big one.

Announcing the gig, Ferguson wrote tonight on Twitter: “Watched Jaws on cable. Mistake. Hosting Shark Week now seems foolhardy. Sharks unaffected by sarcasm & self loathing. My only weapons.”

Ferguson first revealed the gig on Monday night’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Actually, Ferguson didn’t announce it, but one of his puppets — the shark named “Brian” — did. Here’s a little bit of what Brian had to say:

“Craig Ferguson is going to host ‘Shark Week,” he has to go to the Bahamas, and dive with sharks. This is where I come in: I call on all the sharks on all the ocean beds and other parts of the ocean all across the world — the bull sharks of Australia, the great whites in San Francisco, the tigers, the hammerheads, the white tip reef sharks, the Caribbean reef sharks and the barracuda, which is not a shark but is still quite scary… I call on all of them to meet me in the Bahamas and let’s eat this douchebag once and for all! Then finally, we can get Kilborn back!”

Shark Week, which first aired in July 1987, is back in August. By the way, according to Wikipedia (which, c’mon, is always right, yes?), Discovery began utilizing “Shark Week” hosts in 2004. But up until now, they’ve been Discovery talent: “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe, the “Mythbusters” and “Survivorman” Les Stroud.

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