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The ratings might have been up, but if the Academy asks Seth MacFarlane to host again, the Family Guy creator tweeted that he’ll say no.
MacFarlane was asked by a fan if he would ever do it again, but he said that once was enough. “No way,” he wrote. “Lotta fun to have done it, though.”
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 26, 2013
One group that will definitely be happy that MacFarlane won’t be back is the Anti-Defamation League. The Jewish rights group slammed him for one of the jokes he gave using his Ted character with Mark Wahlberg. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, MacFarlane (as Ted) joked, “I was born Theodore Shapiro, and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever.”
“While we have come to expect inappropriate 'Jews control Hollywood' jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny,” the ADL’s statement read. “It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs.”
They added that it might not have seemed like a joke to others overseas.
Deadline reports that 40.3 million people tuned in Sunday night, the biggest Oscars audience since 2010. It fell shy of the record-setting 2004 Oscars, which was watched by 43.5 million. This year’s ceremony also drew a 13.0 18-49 rating.
Argo won Best Picture.