Seth MacFarlane nixes a return to Oscar hosting duties
05:00 AM, May 20, 2013
Fear not, potential Oscar nominees of next year neither Ted, Stewie nor their funnyman creator will be poking fun at you. At least not in an official capacity.
Family Guy comedian and star Seth MacFarlane, this year’s host of the Academy Awards, will not be returning for a repeat performance. He announced the news on his Twitter feed Monday afternoon.
“Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep,” MacFarlane said.
He won’t be back, but this year’s producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have already signed on to head up the 2014 ceremony.
“I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business,” MacFarlane said.
A Twitter follower had asked him a few weeks after his February hosting gig if he’d do it again. “No way,” MacFarlane tweeted at the time. “Lotta fun to have done it, though.”
He does have a suggestion for a new host: “Joaquin Phoenix.”