Seth MacFarlane Chooses Sleep Over Hosting Oscars

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Seth MacFarlane was one of the most controversial Oscar hosts of recent memory, and he's decided, perhaps wisely, not to compete with himself on that score.

Monday afternoon, Seth MacFarlane posted a message on his Twitter account reading, "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep."

MacFarlane's statement follows widespread speculation that he might return to host the Academy Awards telecast in 2014, after his stint as host in February brought in solid ratings, with an impressive 34% uptick in male viewers from 18 to 34 over the 2012 telecast. While it's now clear MacFarlane will not be hosting, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (who oversaw this year's show) have been confirmed to return for the 2014 Oscars. In his next post, MacFarlane said, "I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix."

Despite high ratings, MacFarlane's appearance on the Oscars earned him a drubbing from critics. Time Magazine wrote, "MacFarlane was uncomfortable, smarmy, unfunny – and not even bad in any memorably creative way." A review on The Wrap read in part, "[MacFarlane] delivered the Oscars producers pretty much exactly what they signed up for, because it felt an awfully lot like a 'Family Guy' episode – a few jokes, some 'zany' pop culture references, some music, and a gay-panic joke." And the show drew angry responses from the Anti-Defamation League over a joke about the power of Jews in Hollywood, and from feminists over MacFarlane's infamous production number "We Saw Your Boobs."

Between the high ratings and Meron and Zadan's return in 2014, plenty of gossips had MacFarlane giving the Oscars another chance, even though MacFarlane declared on Twitter there was "no way" he would do it again the day after the show, adding, "Lotta fun to have done it, though."

And MacFarlane has more than enough to keep him occupied without the Academy Awards. He'll soon be directing his second feature film, "A Million Ways To Die In The West," working on a script for the sequel to "Ted," serving as show-runner and key voice artist on "Family Guy" and "American Dad," and producing an updated version of Carl Sagan's acclaimed science series "Cosmos." Between all that, maybe it's best he left the Hollywood boob jokes to someone else.

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