Amid mix reviews for his Academy Awards hosting gig the other night, Seth MacFarlane has already indicated on Twitter that one time is enough.
When asked if he’d like to give it another shot, MacFarlane tweeted, “No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though.”
The ‘Family Guy’ creator pulled in the largest viewing audience in four years, with 40 million tuning in. The bigger deal was a 19 percent boost in the 18-49 demographic — considered prime viewers by advertisers.
While many are heralding Seth’s balanced approach on Sunday, he is taking serious flak for a couple of over-the-top jokes.
He said, “Daniel Day-Lewis is not the first actor to play Lincoln. Raymond Massey portrayed him in the 1940′s ‘Abe Lincoln in Illinois.’ This is true. I would argue, however, that the actor who actually got inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth.”
The audience booed and he quipped, “Well, 150 years and it’s still too soon … huh?”
MacFarlane also angered the Anti-Defamation League, who slammed the host on Monday. “While we have come to expect inappropriate ‘Jews control Hollywood’ jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny. It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars sought to use that type of joke for laughs.”
TV critic Tim Goodman thought SM did well. He pointed out, “MacFarlane was relatively tame if you know anything at all about his canon, and he was respectful through and through. He is a guy who can actually sing. When the audience turned on him, he didn’t give up, like James Franco. He took the job extremely seriously and put himself out there. Ultimately, he excelled at balance.”
Check out the joke that got booed at the Oscars below: