If you were anticipating the return of Seth MacFarlane as host for the Academy Awards, I’m afraid I have some bad news.
MacFarlane will not reprise the host position at the Oscars this March. On Monday, The Family Guy creator broke the news via Twitter, tweeting, “Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep” McFarlane added “However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business.”
MacFarlane was referring to Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced the show in February and will again do the job in 2014.
A representative for MacFarlane said the star’s tweet “is our only comment” and would not confirm whether or not the producers had officially asked the actor-filmmaker to host again.
No replacement has been identified by Zadan or Meron, but MacFarlane nominated Joaquin Phoenix to take over the hosting job. Phoenix’s nomination, however, was probably done in sarcasm since the actor previously insisted he would by no means be interested in that “carrot.”