October 1st, 2012
01:57 PM ET
Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards
It’s amazing what talking into the wrong microphone at the Emmy Awards can do for your career.
Just one week after Seth MacFarlane’s mic mishap, which he recovered from by joking, “This is what happens when you don’t come to rehearsal,” CNN has confirmed that the “Family Guy” creator will host the 85th Academy Awards.
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars,” telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a press release. “His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh. He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him."
It’s been a good year for the funnyman, who directed, wrote and lent his voice to “Ted,” which grossed more than $54 million its opening weekend in June. And in September he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time.
"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," MacFarlane said via the press release. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast."
MacFarlane also tweeted the news, along with a video involving his dad and some "barely used" bathing suits:
The Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.
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will do a great job because he has the publics back up...once you have the backup from the public that is all you need....
i work in another state and everyone in all the deli's and stores know me for almost 30 years..i am just as popular at
home also. when your popular to the public they will be there for you no matter what.
seth is the same way...he has the backup to do well.
someone people ask how he'll do with host.like ricky gervais at the globes or jimmy kimmel at the emmys,excited but unfunny .
and we don't care who is hosting the academy awards
The Oscars have been on a "downhill slide" for years.....believe me I know, have watched them forever!! There's a reason that Eddie Murphy "refused" to host....HELLO!!! They used to be a "glamorous event", now they're a "big fat bore" and Seth will bring them down with a big "crash landing". Couldn't they find a host that is "more charismatic"....like Rob Kardashian.....or someone with a "personality" like Tom Bergeron (the Bomb)!!
he has not talent whatsoever–
Really? NO talent whatsoever? I could understand if it was someone like Paris Hilton who was hosting but come on....The guy has tons a successful shows so right there goes to show he atleast has some talent. He can sing too, so if anything it will be entertaining.
The country is about to fall off the fiscal cliff. The republicans are trying to bring us back to the stone age. The middle east is burning. Europe is choking on debt. Who gives a flying F*** who is hosting the academy awards. Get some lives people and figure out who you are voting for. No disrespect to Seth.
at least 4 right?
While I love Family Guy, like American Dad and FREAKIN' HATED Ted, I am kinda torn when it comes to MacFarlane himself. What I've seen of him live leaves me unimpressed. I'm as racist and misogynistic as the next guy (you all are inside, jeez, get over yourselves), and I enjoy that kind of humor. But for some reason, outside the FG context, his jew jokes aren't funny. No one, ever, will top Billy Crystal coming out as Hannibal Lector.
Just don't see this as being funny. I'll watch, but I'll have the remote in my hand.
and i will be there
Holy freakin crap lois they want me to host the academy awards this year. oh peter thats wunderful what are you going to wear. a tootoo lois a freakin tootoo you only get a chance like this once in a lifetime and i dont want to blow it. oh peter dont you think thats a little risque i mean its the academy awards and everything. if zz top can get away with it so can i and besides that gag nearly made duane allman crap his freakin pants i can hardly wait to see eueryones expressions when i pirouette up to the podium lois. oh peter its moments like this that make me realize how much i love you. lois yur the greatest. oh peter
Yes, yes. Once again, Godfrey Gray delivers the ill shizzle. You can thank me later with triscuits and biscuits. Biscuit in the house (yeah buddy)
Love, love Seth. He is brilliant! Will be watching for sure! The perfect choice.
Seth's family guy keeps me laughing, i think he will be a great host. Eddie murphy turned it down.
Ted was brilliant. I once took a massive dump on the floor and it wasn't nearly as funny as the scene from the movie. My neighbors are humorless.
Here's hoping he doesn't turn things down to mediocre levels like Jon Stewart did.
Jon is brilliant, but this was not his genre. He is sharp as a rasor when it comes to "serious" political humour.
lol – 'rasor'
I sure hope he does his " humphrey bogart pork chops and applsauce" routine. That will bring the house down!
is just too funny lmao about 10 min now!
He was awesome on SNL. Cannot wait to see him take on Hollywood!
Ted was way better than what I expected. why not.
what a total FAIL... the awards are tad long in the first place let alone a muppet man taking stage making impersonations of actors and actresses... why not have Robin Williams then? now he is funny and does impersonations ...lol seriously
you have no idea what you're talking about
Sorry, but this guy is simply not Oscar caliber. He's not even funny. Family Guy is a miserable enterprise and Seth is not very funny nor is he charming. A better choice would have been Ellen DeGeneres with Sofia Vergara -they have great chemistry!
You're crazy (or more likely a prude). Family Guy is hilarious and so is Seth.
Uhh...are you serious? Ellen Degeneres hasn't been funny since...since....heck she has never been funny.
Great choice with Seth. Ellen can stay home.
We collectively feel sorry for you. Such a shame to live your life being deprived of a sense of humour. I can only imagine the many joys you have been denied because of it. We feel your pain.
Are they really going t o let Peter Brady host the Oscars?
I hope Ted pops in & tells the whole room of fakes to go fu(k themselves
I wish they would start recognizing comedies and action films. I feel like those actors/directors/writers deserve the same recognition as their cry me a river counterparts. Just saying! Glad to hear Seth is hosting!!!
I will watch just because he is the host. This show will be a riot!
Hey, wow, they hired Not-Trey-Parker to host the Oscars. ;0
PLEASE animate the show and let Stewie and Brian host. Yes yes.
Oh hell yes!
When he was on the Emmys doing that bit about game show hosts. not many people picked up on that fakey game show-host voice he was using. Really funny! Don't know what he's done in the movie industry but I know that he's hilarious. He just needs to stay away from that creep talk show host Piers Morgan–unless he does a good imitation of him soon.
And he did a bit of "Stewie" too. Some caught and many did not. Loved it and FG.
Seth is the BEST choice hands down! In the past I have not watched Oscar night, but now I'll be watching for sure this time.
The BEST choice, I have every confidence Seth will do very well.
Hopefully this non-celebrity will insult the producer and Billy or Whoopi will come back where they belong.
Speaking of non-clebrities...............
Oh my! a typo! *sigh*
Whoopi and Billy – I'm out
Seth – I'm in
"Non Celebrity?" Seth has 3 network television shows this season (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad) with two of them enormously popular in reruns with the third soon to follow. His directoral debut was one of the top comedies this summer.
Just because he doesn't show up every other day on TMZ or in the gossip rags just means that he's probably more grounded that many ot today's so called celebrities.
I love Whoopi and Billy but they did their bit. Let's try something/someone new.
Quick, people! Let's assemble a team and help move the huge rock Nancy has been living under!
I didn't know peter brady was going to host the oscars.
Seth = Major Tool/Duush Bag. I won't be watching.
That's great news, our plan is coming together
This will be the best Oscars™ ever... you folks need to relax.. he has an album of show tunes, for g's sake!.. and he can be quite classy. Give the man a chance... I guarantee you that he will be using Billy Crystal as both his inspiration and measuring stick.
I'm not sure the thunder buddies song counts as a showtune.
Family Guy has never been socially conscious or intelligent. Even as strictly goofball humor it fails to be funny for me. I've only seen McFarlane on the Comedy Central Roasts, and was sorely unimpressed. I'm sure loads of people will eat this crap up during the Oscars, which is fine, just throwing my opinion out there, no need to jump down my throat.
yet another reason not to watch the Oscars... the list keeps growing.....
There's always "Honey-Boo-Boo", darlin'.
I'm happy that you're happy.
America's moral decline, and adoration of very bad taste, continues to accelerate.
And none too soon!!!
This is a home run of a pick. Seth is mucn more than Family Guy, he is a seamless quick witted lentertainer. He echos Bob Hope in many ways. Watching him host SNL two weeks ago showed how alive he is in front of an audience. Well done!
I'm glad that no-talent hack Bob Hope is already burning.
I wanna douse this hump with gas and set him on fire.
Never heard of him...another reason not to watch the Oscars again...
Don't feel bad. Nobody's ever heard of you, either.
That must be one big rock you live under. If you haven't heard of Family Guy you must spend almost all of your time underneath of it.
Kind of a sad bio on him in the New Yorker. Seemed lonely.
After the show, Quagmire will take Merida from Brave to his house 😉
She'll receive a special Oscar from Quagmire
I've soiled my pants beyond all recognition.
Here, finally, is the death knell of civilization...
Yes, the Oscars have always been the heart blood of civilization. Get a life, jack wagon!
Seth is quick witted, funny, and never seems to run out of material. I think he will do a great job.
Can the people in hollywood with a constant stick up their butt handle him hosting the show? I doubt he'll let them celebrate themselves without some wisecracks and they don't like that.
He is going to be sensational. Not to mention, the ratings are going to go through the roof.
Seth is crazy funny and hot! Freakin' Sweet! :-p
Who gives a rat's as about any of those overpaid, self important and self congraduatory actors do on their self award show. They will use it as a soap box to promote their hero Obama and defecate on any and all Republican ideals.
Rasberries to them!
Yeah – where's a batsh!t, foaming-at-the-mouth Charlton Heston when you need him.
DD? Stands for Dum-Dum, right?
O!M!G!!... defecating on Republican ideals.. is my absolute... FAVORITE.. thing in the world!!.. EVER!!
I feel sorry for DD. Anyone with so much misguided anger must be truly miserable. I hope that DD can open up his mind a little bit and become a happier person. Remember when politics were about ideas and ideals? When people from both political parties differed, respectfully, in ideology? Now MOST people simply use politics as a way to vent their unhealthy anger. We should hope and pray that people like this (both liberal and conservative) find their way in the world and become HAPPY people with a healthy feeling of self-worth and self-confidence. It used to be about ideology; now its about 'sides'. When everyone started referring to the political party that wasn't their own as 'them' or started saying 'our side' that or 'their side' this–THAT is when things started to revolve around anger and hate, lets hope we can move back to something more productive.
He looks like Papa John.
an ice coffee.. bye
i'm only watching if Serene Branson is covering this event.
charlie sheen...now he's funny!
True, but he vastly exceeds the crazy quota. doh!
should be host.
could work it - why not? lol
I think he's a great choice. He's funny, clearly quick on his feet (his recovery at the Emmys was perfect) and he can sing! Yes, he can be a bit lowbrow, but the Oscars always need the air taken out of them periodically. I think he'll be respectful, yet he'll get in quite a few zingers. I'm looking forward to it!
Last week I was watching a family guy episode where Peter was at joes house, but you couldn't see him, only hear him ask Joe if he could borrow something, then in the next frame he's running across the street naked to Clevelands old house to take a Sh%# and carrying the American flag. I laughed my butt off. Where else could you be this outrageous and controversial and still have a following.
I laughed my a$$ off during the season premier last night. Brian: I'll beat you so hard you'll think you gave Chris Brown an STD. Stewie: Is that what happened? LMFAO!
Family Guy was much funnier before MacFarlane decided to become the most political guy in the world. Ever since it came back it has become ALL about politics. No longer the humor of family interactions it has went down the toilet. Simpsons is in the same boat. WE get it!! You are totally in the tank for the libs which is probably why you got this gig. Good for you. You can now join the famous ranks of mediocre comedians like Tina Fey and get tons of free publicity.
So, should we wait for the comedy stylings of Clint Eastwood, Jon Voight and Patty Heaton? Sorry, but it's been proven, over and over again, that the "libs" get the talent. Smart and witty folks typically skew left. Didn't you hear Ricky Santorum say that the right will never bet the smart people? He couldn't be more "right!"
It is very funny and the Political Right has always been a great target. Hypocrisy, demagoguery and social/income stratification - how can you not make fun of that?
you must have missed the episode that featured Rush Limbaugh. Rush was the guest star. Seth plays it totally down the middle. He shreds both sides.
Economics and business is one area that the dems fall short in. Pretty important area for the elected officials. Sure some are witty, intelligent, and likable, but that does not mean they will be a good elected official Look at Obama for example. He doesn't know the first thing about the economy, but I would say he is intelligent. Dems also make what I call "bumper sticker issues" their primary focus as a way to get votes. They are more in to feelings as opposed to common sense. Just my thoughts.
Family Guy has belittled every inch of the political spectrum and every religion, starting with Season 1, Episode 1. Get over it. I have been livid at some of the things he presented, but I never miss an episode, and find it very funny about 90% of the time. The other 10% have entertained many other people.
Seth McFarlane is a low talent hack who confuses stringing together random pop culture metaphors with some of the least clever comedy you will ever hear with writing...
No one reading your crappy scripts? Keep huffing that choad, slugger.
Can't handle the truth, eh Tea?
Yes, a lot of the "Family Guy" humor is low brow, but he also mixes it with references to the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, classic movies and novels, Monty Python, and numerous other things of this ilk, which I assume go over your head.
Oh, I can handle it all, DC baby.
...not worthy to carry Matt, or Trey's stool sample. 🙂
Well, this show will have a five second delay on it! Lots of F-bombs and toilet humor that night for sure. Classy.
And lots of left wing partisanship
I have never watched these awards, but will now. Awesome!!!!
He'd be perfect instead of Seth-
they should have a greased up deaf guy crash someones acceptance speech
has a perfect smile..i am going to look like that a few months...grrrrr to you seth..
Guess Snooki and the cast of "Gigolos" had prior commitments.
I don't get it. This guy has the Midas touch. How?..
Talent with a capital "T".
Well you have to give the guy credit, he recreated the exact same show (Family Guy, American Dad, and the Cleveland Show), and people bought it.
LOVE HIM!! He will be perfect for the job!
God forbid Herbert the Pervert would be there even though someone else does his voice.
I don't know why they picked Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars. His shows are vulgar, crude, disrespectful and offensive. Oh wait, I forgot. Hollywood doesn't have much morals.
And that is why I watch it.
sounds like someone is still butthurt that Andy Griffith got cancelled
Morals? In Hollywood? Since when?
What's life like inside a bubble?
An incredible genius, with the best smile in the Universe, can't wait for Seth.
I wonder if Peter Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Brian Griffin or Glenn Quagmire will be the actual hosts?
Or could it be Stan Smith or even Roger?
I guess we will just need to close our eyes, tightly, during the entire Awards show, and listen carefully for a voice we recognize.
your right he does look like peter brady.
The Oscars need all the laughs it can get !!!
He looks way too white. We need Eddie Murphy or somebody good.
Its sad you equate the current Eddie Murphy as "good". He hasn't been relevant since 2003. Black doesn't make you funny.
Black may be beautiful, but white is wonderful, baby.
I read it as :
1. Eddie Murphy or
They are not synonymous any longer