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Breathe Deeply, Everyone: Seth MacFarlane Won’t Host the Oscars Next Year

Maybe we can get a hologram of Bob Hope to do it. That’s totally a thing that science can do, right? I could swear I saw it on CNN.

After a turn as Oscars host that, while it, yes, contained some charming tributes to the classic Hollywood musical, also contained a comment about how an actress under the age of ten should expect to grow up to be ogled by her older male colleagues in front of said actress and another musical number that’s purpose was seemingly to remind female actresses that no matter how “tasteful” their nude scene was, or, indeed if it was a scene of rape or abuse, that what men took away from wasn’t their performance, but that they’d gotten to see boobs… Seth MacFarlane has turned down an offer to host the production again.

Folks who disliked MacFarlane’s ratings raising performance had reason to worry about his return after the Academy tapped the same producers to arrange the 2014 ceremonies. But MacFarlane tweeted this week that his busy schedule will prevent him from working the broadcast next year, leaving the ceremony hostless, but with plenty of time to find a new MC.

After all, it’s not like when Brett Ratner said that rehearsals were “for [redacted]” and was kicked off his producing job, taking host Eddie Murphy with him, leaving the Academy to find a whole new arrangement in four months for the 2011 Oscars. Back then, the internet was really into this little idea that some furry friends could help the Academy out, and I was sad to have to blow the whistle of practicality on it. But now?

Hey, Academy. You’ve got nine months to put together an Academy Awards ceremony hosted by Kermit T. Frog and Co. Get cracking!

(via /Film.)

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  • Anonymous

    Man, I liked Seth’s performance as an Oscar host. I think his family guy ( or whoever writes now) work has been middling to awful but I didn’t think that about his oscars performance and don’t have the same complaints others did. His sitcom “Dads” looks terrible though.

    Also, I loved the “boobs” song.

  • Selkiechick

    Who do we have to lobby for this?

  • gia manry

    If they can’t get The Muppets, how about the Muppet Babies? They’ve done animated characters on the Oscars before, after all. :)

  • Saga Silkesmo

    The way I see it, the Oscars really can’t be salvaged. Seth basically killed what little credibility it had left.

  • Eisen

    Maybe you could write a fan letter that next time he does a song about beer and farts. How incredible funny that would be!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The Oscars had credibility?
    … well, THEY sure think they do/did, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I am too lazy to write fan letters of any sort. But a song done by him about beers and farts could be funny. Yeah I am ok with beers and farts or funny songs about them.

  • Mark Brown

    And just imagine the hilarious Grouch/award statuette confusion.

  • Craig Oxbrow

    Following her fantastic performance as a winner and interviewee this year, I think Jennifer Lawrence would walk it.

  • kazenotaninonaussica

    Stephen Fry for Oscars 2013 or bust!

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  • Miss Cephalopod

    I wouldn’t mind Neil Patrick Harris, to be honest. Or David Tennant? He’d be a riot.

  • Agatha Gomes

    Im so tired of egomaniacs like Seth MacFarlane and Ricky Gervais being put in these positions. They annoy me to no ends. Though Ricky Gervais isnt so bad….

    Why not have Tina Fey host? I frikkin love Tina Fey.

  • Brian

    “Why can’t Tina and Amy host everything?”
    -Captain Kirk

  • Brian

    I’d enjoy it if the next host was a woman and sang this “we saw your wang” song…

  • Saga Silkesmo

    I stand corrected.

  • Eva Marie Heater

    As a musician, I really admire Seth McFarlane for his incredible singing ability, and passion for the “American Songbook”. However, as a cartoon maven, I despise his work. He never should have been asked to host the Oscars; what did people expect???

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  • CW

    It’s the same producing team though, which I think was the bigger problem. Not only did they hire MacFarlane to begin with, but made such great decisions as playing people off with the Jaws theme, picking terrible clips from the movies, and spending half the show praising a movie they made 10 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    Amen. It seems I won’t have to boycott next year’s Oscars.

    Still hoping they call Fey and Poehler!

  • Anonymous

    He turned it down? You mean they actually approached him AGAIN? After that disaster?

    Ye gods.

  • Cerberus

    Actually the ratings were up and that is all that matters

  • Anonymous

    Damn. Now we’re never gonna get the sequel song “we saw your dicks”. Disappointed.

  • Krazy Joe

    This disappoints me.

    I REALLY hoped he’d be back next year and sing, ‘We Saw Your Dong’ :)