Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards

After a successful stint hosting Saturday Night Live and then an inaudible performance at the Emmys (where he had to be ushered in front of a microphone after he’d already started speaking), Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has scored one of the most coveted and least appreciated gigs in Hollywood.

The writer, director, and star of one of 2012’s biggest cinematic success stories, Ted, will shepherd the 85th Academy Awards, following in the footsteps of last year’s mostly tolerated MC Billy Crystal.

Prior to Crystal’s hiring in 2011, Eddie Murphy had been set to take on cinema’s night on nights, under the stewardship of producer Brett Ratner.

But when Ratner inelegantly expressed his distaste for rehearsals in the form of a gay slur, he stepped down from the gig and Murphy followed close behind.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 2013 broadcast.

One Response to “Seth MacFarlane to host 85th Academy Awards”

  1. “Mostly Tolerated” Billy Crystal? You mean the man who’s hosted the ceremony more times than pretty much anyone, the man who had to basically be begged to do it because he was the only hope to save it, was just mostly tolerated…. seriously?!?!?!

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