Seth MacFarlane, who hosted the Oscars in 2013, has a few choice words on the Academy's own search for a new host for its 2018 awards show given comedian Kevin Hart's abrupt exit.
Hart resigned as host after refusing to apologize for past homophobic tweets. The creator and the star of Family Guy and The Orville talked about the difficulty of catering to the Oscar audience during his stint.
MacFarlane told Entertainment Weekly he was hired to provide an edgier tone to the show, but met with mixed reaction.
"Look, it's a gig that has all eyes on it and when you're doing something that's that much in the spotlight, with that much focus on it, that much intensity, you're going to have a lot of opinions from a lot of people. I'm trying to think of the last time that I read a review of the Oscars the next day where everyone is raving about it—it's been a long time."
The Academy is scrambling to find a replacement host and considering running the show without a host, which hasn't been done since the 1988.
While MacFarlane admits he was fond of his time as emcee, he said the show's presentation is archaic.
"The thing about award shows in general is, it's kind of a dusty format," MacFarlane says. "It's a format that's about as current as the 1950s variety show format. There's always an effort to make it interesting and exciting to viewers who are used to a very different entertainment landscape in the modern era, and it's often times fitting a square peg in a round hole. So it's not an easy job, and I'm not surprised that they have a tough time finding takers."
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air on February 24th 2019 on ABC.
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