All About the Hosts of the Pre-Oscar Shows

Joey Fatone and Lisa Rinna.
Joey Fatone and Lisa Rinna. (By Chris Pizzello -- Associated Press)
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Devoted followers of pre-awards-ceremony shows might think they've seen it all: Kathy Griffin joking about 10-year-old Dakota Fanning heading to rehab; Isaac Mizrahi groping Teri Hatcher and Scarlett Johansson; Joan Rivers never knowing whom or what she was talking about. But that red carpet is the only thing standing between a celebrity and a potential Oscar, so the increasingly cringe-worthy moments are, luckily, sure to continue . . . forever! We've rounded up the hosts of the pre-shows you'll see tonight.

-- Emily Yahr

Joey Fatone

"Live at the Academy Awards," TV Guide Network at 6

Claim to fame: Fourth-dreamiest member of boy band 'N Sync and now perma-game-show host ("The Singing Bee" and "Celebrity Circus").

Past awkward moment: Fatone caught heat on the blogs last month after his horrifying SAG Awards interview with "Milk" star James Franco. "You played a homosexual, correct? . . . Now do a lot more men hit on you more than women?"

Expect to see: More socially acceptable questions.

Lisa Rinna

"Live at the Academy Awards," TV Guide Network at 6

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