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Seth MacFarlane won't host Oscars: 'My suggestion is Joaquin Phoenix'

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There will be less boobs at next year’s Oscars.

Seth MacFarlane, whose irreverent hosting performance at the 2013 Academy Awards was controversial but a ratings hit, announced today that he wouldn’t be taking the stage again next year. “Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep,” he tweeted this afternoon. “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.”

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MacFarlane is currently directing and appearing in A Million Ways to Die in the West, a stud-studded Western headlined by Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron.

MacFarlane’s withdrawal will likely appease some members of the Hollywood community who didn’t appreciate his humor – which drew criticism that his jokes ranged from juvenile to misogynistic. But despite the tsk-tsking by some, ratings for the show were up significantly, including an 11 percent jump in the demo.

Joaquin Phoenix is likely not in the mix to succeed MacFarlane (unfortunately), but the Academy is now free to go in a different direction. Perhaps they could appease some of last year’s critics with a female host… or two.

Read more:
Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar balancing act
Seth MacFarlane is back as Oscar host. Or is he?
Oscar return: Craig Zedon and Neil Meron to produce again

Originally posted May 20 2013 — 3:19 PM EDT

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