MacFarlane Never Hosting Oscars Again, Lawrence Apologizes [VIDEO]

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane on stage at the 85th Academy Awards
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Comedian Seth MacFarlane says that he would not host the Academy Awards ceremony again, after TV critics panned Sunday's show. The "Family Guy" creator and star was asked on Twitter whether he would host the Oscars a second time around, and he replied: "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though."

MacFarlane's response came after TV critics slammed the telecast, in which 40.3 million Americans saw Iran hostage thriller "Argo" take home the top prize for Best Picture. In a night of risqué jokes about female nudity and zingers about gays and Jews, MacFarlane, 39, poked fun at himself in an opening sketch with William Shatner in which the "Star Trek" star told him he was in danger of being deemed "the worst Oscar host ever."

 

While some critics lashed out at MacFarlane's hosting, others placed more blame on the overall song-and-dance-heavy show, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, which ran for three and a half hours. MacFarlane's appeal among young people did though provide an 11 percent bump in the 18-49 demographic coveted by TV networks and advertisers. And overall viewer ratings were up, making for the largest Oscar audience in three years.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence tripped more than once at the Oscars: the actress forgot to thank "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell and producer Harvey Weinstein in her acceptance speech as Best Actress for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook." The actress released a statement to Entertainment Weekly, apologizing for forgetting them and praising their work.