Seth MacFarlane on Hosting Oscars Again: 'No Way'

Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 02:22 PM

By Michael Mullins

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After mixed reviews as host of Sunday night's Academy Awards, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane said he's not interested in doing another Oscars ceremony.

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."

In an online poll by Entertainment Weekly, as of noon on Tuesday 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." That was better than the initial response on Twitter during and after MacFarlane's stint.

Whether MacFarlane would ever be invited back is unclear, considering the list of those he seemingly offended with his humor which was characterized by many as being too raunchy, sexist, and anti-Semitic.

In one skit, MacFarlane performed with actor Mark Wahlberg as the voice of the stuffed bear "Ted" – based on the 2012 movie the pair starred in together. In the skit, MacFarlane perpetuates the myth that Jews control Hollywood, with Ted professing to be Jewish so that he could land a job there.

"I was born Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever," MacFarlane said through Ted.

The American Defamation League responded in a written statement Monday, that said in part: "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. It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs."

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 entitled "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 award ceremony, making it the most-watched entertainment show in three years, reported Entertainment Weekly.

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