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Jay Leno will host this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert, it was announced Monday.
The former Tonight Show host who now has a CNBC series that explores his love of cars, Jay Leno’s Garage, will preside over the Dec. 11 event at Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway.
“There’s nothing more exciting than being awakened in the middle of the night by people with Norwegian accents who tell you that you’ve been chosen to host the Nobel Peace Prize Concert,” Leno said in a statement. “It is truly an honor, and I will do my best not to embarrass myself and my country. Plus, I can’t wait to leave 80 degree weather in Los Angeles and go to Oslo, Norway, in the middle of winter.”
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize Concert will honor the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.” Additional performers will be announced.
“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Leno join us in Oslo for this indelible celebration of peace,” Norwegian Nobel Institute Director Olav Njolstad said in a statement. “We are deeply committed to fostering a true sense of global community, and as such, it promises to be an entertaining evening of shared tribute, honor and humor.”
The concert traditionally occurs the day after the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, and this year, for the first time, will be live-streamed via YouTube.
The concert is presented by Nobel Peace Prize Research and Information, produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with Gyro and broadcast in more than 100 countries.