As first reported on the Hollywood Reporter, Sherri Shepherd, Cameron Mathison, Jake Whetter and Shira Lazar will serve as hosts for Oscar Night's BACKSTAGE PASS. The four entertainers will provide 'behind the scenes' coverage and commentary of the 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony as well as the Governor's Ball gala at the Kodak Theatre following the awards. Their coverage can be viewed on Oscars.com.
The foursome will be followed by over 20 cameras set up in various locations at the events. They will be positioned on the red carpet, backstage and at the exclusive party following the live TV broadcast.
Karin Gilford, senior vice president of digital media for ABC explained, "The Backstage Pass is an extension of the things we all love about watching the Oscars – seeing our favorites on the red carpet, following them backstage, and then on to the after party. It's our way of inviting fans into the celebration, and the hosts are their eyes and ears. This is an extremely talented group, all with unique points of view and an abundance of charm and wit. I think they’ll make the Backstage Pass a must for the night."
Shepherd co-hosts the ABC morning show 'The View' while Mathison serves as a part time correspondent for 'Good Morning America'. Lazar is host to the weekly live interactive show, 'What's Trending', and Whetter hosts "Celebrity Take” with Jake, as well as the "Top 30 Countdown" and the popular musical talent showcase "N.B.T." (Next BIG Thing).