(LOS ANGELES) — It’s official: Seth MacFarlane won’t return to host Hollywood’s biggest night.
“Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep,” the Family Guy creator announced Monday via Twitter.
After being offered the gig by the telecast’s producers — Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — MacFarlane turned down the job and claimed he suggested another host: Joaquin Phoenix. (No word on if that was a joke.)
MacFarlane immediately rejected the possibility of hosting again after receiving tons of criticism when he hosted the 85th Academy Awards in February. One of the most criticized elements of the show was the “Boobs Song,” in which MacFarlane sang about the topless scenes of many Hollywood actresses.
Perhaps the Oscars didn’t fit in MacFarlane’s schedule because he’s currently busy preparing for his next film, a comedy titled A Million Ways to Die in the West, which will star MacFarlane, Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried. He is also planning a sequel to his blockbuster 2012 comedy, Ted.
The 86th Academy Awards will go on without him on Sunday, March 2, 2014, from inside the Dolby Theatre on level one of the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. It will air live on ABC.
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