Seth MacFarlane has reportedly been asked to host next year’s Oscars telecast.
The news comes shortly after it was announced that Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of the 2013 Oscars, would be returning for next year’s awards show.
Sources close to MacFarlane told Just Jared that the Family Guy creator has been asked to return as well.
“After defending his performance, the producers reached out to Seth and invited him back to host the show again,” sources said. “He’s not sure if he’s going to do it, but he has to decide within the next couple of weeks.”
MacFarlane’s hosting performance for this year’s Oscars received mixed reviews, with some feeling that he was too edgy and offensive, especially in regards to his opening “We Saw Your Boobs” song. Jane Fonda was just one of many who didn’t care for MacFarlane’s performance.
“What I really didn’t like was the song and dance number about seeing actresses boobs. I agree with someone who said, ‘If they want to stoop to that, why not list all the penises we’ve seen,’” the veteran actress said. “Better yet, remember that this is a telecast seen around the world watched by families with their children and to many this is neither appropriate or funny.”
Fonda also did not care for MacFarlane’s joke about 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis being too young for George Clooney or for the appearance of Ted, the title character from MacFarlane’s blockbuster comedy.
“I also didn’t like the remark made about [Quvenzhane Wallis and George Clooney], or the stuff out of Ted’s mouth and all the comments about what women do to get thin for their dresses,” she said. “Way too much stuff about women and bodies, as though that’s what defines us.”
Meron and Zadan, for their part, staunchly defended MacFarlane, slamming critics for missing the joke behind the song.
“It was not about the women that were mentioned, the song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host,” Zadan said.
Meron added, “Everyone who complained missed the joke, it was satire. We live in a society that is not very conscious of satire anymore, they’re very serious.”
Seth MacFarlane tweeted shortly after the awards show that he wouldn’t host again.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 26, 2013
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