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Seth MacFarlane tweets the Oscars won't see him host again

Seth MacFarlane, who hosted, the Oscars this year,

Seth MacFarlane, who hosted, the Oscars this year, tweeted May 20, 2013, that he has said no to hosting future Academy Awards. (Feb. 24, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Who wants Seth MacFarlane to return as host of the Oscars?

You do? Let's skip the "why" and go straight to the bad news then: He's done.

Or says he's done.

There's a difference between both phrases, and what eventually happens could be determined by time (his own) and ego (especially his own).

But for the moment, a reprisal in 2014 now seems remote. Monday MacFarlane tweeted, "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep." He went on to make a suggestion as a replacement: Joaquin Phoenix. (That's a joke, by the way, and a pretty good one.)

Some critics were indeed traumatized by his hosting chores on the 85th Academy Awards in February. As were some AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) members, and Jews, gays, women, anti-obscenity-on-the-airwaves groups and . . .

No need to go on and on with this list: "We Saw Your Boobs" says it all.

But ratings among young viewers soared (up 20 percent from the Billy Crystal-hosted ceremony in 2012), and after the smoke, dust and bile cleared, talk of a return had begun. Not long after the show, MacFarlane insisted he was not coming back; Monday makes two denials.

But could he return and is all this a clever publicity stunt? Sure. This is show business where money -- and a welcome ratings surge for Hollywood's biggest night -- speak far louder than taste, bruised feelings, sexist gags, and so on. Deadline reported a few weeks ago that Neil Meron and Craig Zadan -- who will also produce next year's show -- had indeed recently pitched him on a return engagement.

They are nothing if not persistent. They'll be pitching again.

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