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One entertainment source says that Family Guy and Ted creator Seth MacFarlane has been asked to return as host of the 2014 Academy Awards.

Just Jared quoted a source who stated “After defending his performance, the producers reached out to Seth and invited him back to host the show again. He’s not sure if he’s going to do it, but he has to decide within the next couple of weeks.”

The news arrives on the heels of Wednesday’s news that this year’s Oscars producers are set to return for the 86th annual event.

Seth and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were able to deliver a slight uptick in viewers this past February. The 85th annual Oscars were the most watched ceremony in the past three years.

Notably, MacFarlane said in an interview after hosting that there’s no way he would do it again. At the right price and the correct series of words from Zadan and Meron, maybe MacFarlane will change his mind.

But the question is: should MacFarlane host again this soon? Critics and fans were mixed over his performance. One of the most criticized parts of his hosting was the opening sequence in which he spent a lot of time speaking to William Shatner via video screen. It was classic MacFarlane humor, but it was a little too obscure for a wider audience.

Another issue with this year’s show fell in the hands of the producers: the entire night was heavy on movie musicals. While Les Miserables‘ presence was appropriate, segments featuring Chicago and Dreamgirls were not.

  • http://twitter.com/PabloRV7 Pablo Ruiz V.

    I don’t think he should come back. While I love Family Guy, I don’t think his humor is appropriate for the Oscars. Again, I want Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. Or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Or a combination thereof.

    • http://www.twitter.com/morganstradling Morgan Burt Stradling

      I definitely agree. His humor is funny to some, but I’d prefer to keep the Oscars a bit classier (if that’s even possible nowadays).

  • http://twitter.com/CassiopeiaDrake Cassie Drake

    I think he should be back. He’s a very charismatic person, which makes for good Oscar hosting. Although, the intro this year was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long. I think he [and the producers] can learn from their mistakes and give it a second shot. I’ll wait til his second time before deciding to write him off for good.

    That being said, it is a little odd to have him doing it two years in a row, but meh.

  • http://twitter.com/w_lowry Will Lowry

    Yes. He lightened up the event and made it more appealing to a wider audience, a younger audience. Having Billy Crystal host for the umpteenth time is just not the way the Oscars should go. While it would be great to see someone like Amy Poehler, Tina Fey to host, or even getting Ellen back (my personal favourite), Seth is incredibly funny, musically inclined, able to think on his feet when necessary – plus he can get away with insults because he’s “the Family Guy guy” so we expect it.
    His jokes were great, the Lincoln one in particular. Would love to see him back.

    • http://twitter.com/PabloRV7 Pablo Ruiz V.

      Oh, I want Ellen back! How could I forget? Ellen should rule the world.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

        I would vote for Ellen for President!

  • http://twitter.com/eiVega eiVega

    Wow, I guess they didn’t read up on the feminist and racial ethical criticism that tore apart his whole act…well, I guess why would they…no one outside of college professors care about media ethics…oh the abstract idea of ending stereotypes and prejudice…

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