Comedian Seth MacFarlane will not be returning to host the Oscars. He does have some suggestions for the role, however. On Monday, MacFarlane tweeted the following:
Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly–>
–> recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix.
This doesn’t come as much of a shock, as MacFarlane indicated back in February that he wouldn’t host the Oscars again.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 26, 2013
MacFarlane’s Oscars ceremony was the most controversial one in recent memory, thanks to things like songs about celebrities’ boobs, but the ratings were there, so it would not be out of the question for the Academy to want him back. According to reports, the broadcast was up 20% over the previous year in the 18-49 raring. It was also 3% higher in overall viewers, hitting 40.3 million.
Despite the controversy, MacFarlane’s performance had plenty of fans as well. Just look at the reactions to his February tweet about not returning.