It’s a surprise but the more you think about it, MTV’s decision to name Chelsea Handler the host of the Sept. 12th Video Music Awards is right on. Handler is a bold, contemporary late-night comedy host with a strong following — especially among the coveted college audience — for her best-selling memoirs “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” and “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.”

Handler, 35, who succeeds Russell Brand, the host the past two years, will be the first woman to get the gig since 1994 (Roseanne Barr) and only the third female emcee (Bette Midler was a co-host with Dan Aykroyd in 1984.)

Handler told the New York Times:

“If there’s one awards show that I should be hosting, it’s probably this one. My personality probably wouldn’t gel with the Emmys or the Golden Globes.”

Handler, who plans to host a week of VMA-themed episodes of “Chelsea Lately” before the ceremony, believes her irreverent comedic sensibility is a factor in her favor.

“It’s a relaxed show, so people aren’t as uptight. It’s not the Grammys, it’s not as serious as that. It’s an MTV audience so I’m sure some people won’t know who I am. But by the end of the show, I won’t know who anybody is, just like I don’t now.”