Seth MacFarlane had said he won’t host the Oscars for a second time, despite claiming to have had a “lotta fun” at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Last night the Family Guy creator was asked by one of his followers on Twitter whether he would host the ceremony again and he responded: “No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though.”
While Sunday’s Oscars ceremony was a ratings success, notching up a 40m-strong audience in the States, MacFarlane’s turn as host has met with fierce criticism.
Routines like the opening song “We Saw Your Boobs” raised eyebrows, and a segment of the show featuring the CGI bear Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) telling actor Mark Wahlberg that if he “wants to work in this town” he’s got to be Jewish has drawn accusations of anti-Semitism.
American critics took umbrage with MacFarlane’s joke about John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, who MacFarlane said was the only actor who had ever “got into Lincoln’s head.” When the joke was greeted with boos on the night, MacFarlane quipped: “150 years and it’s still too soon.”
The 39-year-old was also accused of racism after he introduced Mexican actress Salma Hayek at the Oscars by saying: “Well we have finally reached the point in the ceremony where either Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz or Salma Hayek comes on stage and we have no idea what they’re saying but we don’t care because they’re so attractive.”
“When it was bad it was really bad,” said Radio Times critic Jack Seale. “The film industry’s biggest, poshest night of the year, in front of a global audience of 58 bajillion, and you open with a song about how films sometimes mean seeing actresses, heh heh, with their bits out? Are you 12?”
But despite the critical mauling, MacFarlane’s appearance gave the Oscars a 19% ratings boost among 18- to 49-year-olds, and the host has been inundated with tweets from fans telling him was the “best Oscars host ever.”
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