Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards
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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  1. Mellons


    October 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robotman

    Pull my transistor

    October 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Seth

    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.

    October 3, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. randall g gerber

    someone people ask how he'll do with ricky gervais at the globes or jimmy kimmel at the emmys,excited but unfunny .

    October 3, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. WE don't care about seth...

    and we don't care who is hosting the academy awards

    October 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marlene

    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" Rob Kardashian.....or someone with a "personality" like Tom Bergeron (the Bomb)!!

    October 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I hate seth

    he has not talent whatsoever–

    October 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow

      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.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hal A. Luya

    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.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. how many times has he hosted?

    at least 4 right?

    October 2, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. no reason to be shy...


    October 2, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Prophet

    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.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. just


    October 2, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. just make contact

    and i will be there

    October 2, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chuckle head

    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

    October 2, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Godfrey Grey

    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)

    October 2, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ms. No

    October 2, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  17. Ms. No
    October 2, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  18. HugeSethFan

    Love, love Seth. He is brilliant! Will be watching for sure! The perfect choice.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  19. Ms. No


    October 2, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  20. Ms. No


    October 2, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  21. Donnab

    Seth's family guy keeps me laughing, i think he will be a great host. Eddie murphy turned it down.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  22. Mammy says

    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.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  23. Humbly


    October 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Red Pison

    Here's hoping he doesn't turn things down to mediocre levels like Jon Stewart did.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice in Wonderland

      Jon is brilliant, but this was not his genre. He is sharp as a rasor when it comes to "serious" political humour.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      lol – 'rasor'

      October 3, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  25. Matthew

    I sure hope he does his " humphrey bogart pork chops and applsauce" routine. That will bring the house down!

    October 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Vicky V.

    He was awesome on SNL. Cannot wait to see him take on Hollywood!

    October 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Emigdio Alvarez

    Ted was way better than what I expected. why not.

    October 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. pari

    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 seriously

    October 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. michaeldominici

    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!

    October 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loubies

      You're crazy (or more likely a prude). Family Guy is hilarious and so is Seth.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • SanerThanYou

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice

      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.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  30. Fred

    Are they really going t o let Peter Brady host the Oscars?

    October 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Sokman

    I hope Ted pops in & tells the whole room of fakes to go fu(k themselves

    October 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Danielle

    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!!!

    October 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. David

    I will watch just because he is the host. This show will be a riot!

    October 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Winston5

    Hey, wow, they hired Not-Trey-Parker to host the Oscars. ;0

    October 1, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. TomGI

    PLEASE animate the show and let Stewie and Brian host. Yes yes.

    October 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. harbharb

    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.

    October 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomGI

      And he did a bit of "Stewie" too. Some caught and many did not. Loved it and FG.

      October 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. susiejoner

    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.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  38. nancy


    Hopefully this non-celebrity will insult the producer and Billy or Whoopi will come back where they belong.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea & Sodomy

      Speaking of non-clebrities...............

      October 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea & Sodomy

      Oh my! a typo! *sigh*


      October 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomGI

      Whoopi and Billy – I'm out
      Seth – I'm in

      October 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • NJoscar

      "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.

      October 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DidNotSeeThatOneComing

      Quick, people! Let's assemble a team and help move the huge rock Nancy has been living under!

      October 2, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  39. Matthew

    I didn't know peter brady was going to host the oscars.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  40. gutterboy

    Seth = Major Tool/Duush Bag. I won't be watching.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Mitz Rommel

    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.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erisian

      I'm not sure the thunder buddies song counts as a showtune.

      October 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • surrah

      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.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  42. wanda

    yet another reason not to watch the Oscars... the list keeps growing.....

    October 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Tru dat


    October 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Hypercat

    America's moral decline, and adoration of very bad taste, continues to accelerate.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  45. cletus van damm

    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!

    October 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gyp Rosetti

    I wanna douse this hump with gas and set him on fire.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Alex Santana

    Never heard of him...another reason not to watch the Oscars again...

    October 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea & Sodomy

      Don't feel bad. Nobody's ever heard of you, either.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • flashtrum

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Mike


    October 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jerome Horowitz

    Kind of a sad bio on him in the New Yorker. Seemed lonely.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  50. xoxo

    After the show, Quagmire will take Merida from Brave to his house 😉

    October 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Mammy says

    I've soiled my pants beyond all recognition.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Pppa

    Here, finally, is the death knell of civilization...

    October 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Yes, the Oscars have always been the heart blood of civilization. Get a life, jack wagon!

      October 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Darren

    Seth is quick witted, funny, and never seems to run out of material. I think he will do a great job.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Scott

    He is going to be sensational. Not to mention, the ratings are going to go through the roof.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Katie O.

    Seth is crazy funny and hot! Freakin' Sweet! :-p

    October 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  56. DD

    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!

    October 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea & Sodomy

      Yeah – where's a batsh!t, foaming-at-the-mouth Charlton Heston when you need him.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      DD? Stands for Dum-Dum, right?

      October 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitz Rommel

      O!M!G!!... defecating on Republican ideals.. is my absolute... FAVORITE.. thing in the world!!.. EVER!!

      October 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emmanuel Goldstein

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  57. mike

    He looks like Papa John.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  58. i need...

    an ice coffee.. bye

    October 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jon Gluvna

    i'm only watching if Serene Branson is covering this event.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  60. what about

    charlie he's funny!

    October 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Clint Eastwood

    should be host.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  62. PaulieD

    could work it - why not? lol

    October 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  63. pauleky

    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!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jermiester

    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.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loubies

      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!

      October 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Nathan

    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.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • pauleky

      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!"

      October 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • srichey321

      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?

      October 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • russ

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Owl96

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  66. ProperVillain

    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...

    October 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea & Sodomy

      No one reading your crappy scripts? Keep huffing that choad, slugger.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DCBuck

      Can't handle the truth, eh Tea?

      October 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike,Albany

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea & Sodomy

      Oh, I can handle it all, DC baby.

      October 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston5

      ...not worthy to carry Matt, or Trey's stool sample. 🙂

      October 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Kay

    Well, this show will have a five second delay on it! Lots of F-bombs and toilet humor that night for sure. Classy.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Kris

    I have never watched these awards, but will now. Awesome!!!!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  69. The Situation...

    He'd be perfect instead of Seth-

    October 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  70. gonnj

    they should have a greased up deaf guy crash someones acceptance speech

    October 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  71. seth

    has a perfect smile..i am going to look like that a few months...grrrrr to you seth..

    October 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  72. DCBuck

    Guess Snooki and the cast of "Gigolos" had prior commitments.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Steve

    I don't get it. This guy has the Midas touch. How?..

    October 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdc

      Talent with a capital "T".

      October 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      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.

      October 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Darlene

    LOVE HIM!! He will be perfect for the job!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  75. GAW

    God forbid Herbert the Pervert would be there even though someone else does his voice.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  76. robertholt

    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.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  77. PHinMiami


    An incredible genius, with the best smile in the Universe, can't wait for Seth.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Josh

    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.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Marisa

    your right he does look like peter brady.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Miguel

    The Oscars need all the laughs it can get !!!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Maria

    He looks way too white. We need Eddie Murphy or somebody good.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  82. see

    u ltr.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |

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