"You can't go wrong" with Jackman, People.com On-Air Correspondent Michelle Beadle told Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez after revealing the selection. "He's Australian, first of all. He's adorable. He's got one of the best bodies ever. And he's a family man. We all love that. He doesn't -- he's not on the party scene. He loves his kids, he loves his wife. He likes to stay home and make pancakes. He's almost too perfect!"
Jackman and his wife of 20-plus years are "a very romantic couple," Beadle added.
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"He has so much going for him," Beadle told CBS News. "He's a triple threat. Singer, dancer and actor."
This is the first time Jackman is People's "Sexiest Man Alive," but he's been in the issue before, in 2006. He replaces last year's choice, Matt Damon.
Brad Pitt and George Clooney have both won twice, the most anyone has.