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MacFarlane Won't Return to Host 2014 Oscars; Comic Confirms on Twitter

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By Michael Mullins   |   Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:38 AM

Seth MacFarlane won't host the 2014 Oscars ceremony scheduled for March 2, he confirmed again Monday on Twitter.

The "Family Guy" creator tweeted: "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again," MacFarlane wrote. "Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business."

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron produced the 2013 Oscar show.

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This isn't the first time MacFarlane has said he will not be returning to the Oscars to host the awards ceremony. Shortly after this year's broadcast, MacFarlane said he was done.

Responding to a Twitter follower asking if he would ever host the Academy Awards again, the comic writer and animator tweeted back: "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though."

As for who should host the Oscars next year, MacFarlane suggested eccentric actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Despite earning the highest ratings for the Oscars since 2010, MacFarlane received mixed reviews for his performance, with many online criticizing him for his material which some characterized as sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic.

The day after the ceremony, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized MacFarlane for a skit in which he suggested that Hollywood is controlled by Jews.

Calling it "sad and disheartening," ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a statement, "While we have come to expect inappropriate ‘Jews control Hollywood’ jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny."

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In an online poll by Entertainment Weekly taken days after the Oscars, 46 percent of responders felt that MacFarlane did a "great" job as the host, while nearly 40 percent said he was "OK" and 15 percent said he was "terrible."

Other MacFarlane highlights from the four-hour-plus awards ceremony included a joke about singer Chris Brown's assault of girlfriend Rihanna and a 3-minute introductory song titled "We Saw Your Boobs," in which MacFarlane sings about all the celebrities who exposed their breasts in cinema over the years.

An estimated 40 million viewers tuned in to the 2013 Oscars, making it the most-watched entertainment show in three years, Entertainment Weekly reported.

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