Seth MacFarlane is explaining why the Academy hasn’t picked another host for the Oscars.
MacFarlane, who hosted the show in 2013, told Entertainment Weekly that it’s not an easy job.
Kevin Hart was announced as host for the 2019 live show, but stepped down last week after controversial tweets resurfaced.
“Look, it’s a gig that has all eyes on it. And when you’re doing something that’s that much in the spotlight, with that much focus on it, that much intensity, you’re going to have a lot of opinions from a lot of people,” he said. “I’m trying to think of the last time that I read a review of the Oscars the next day where everyone is raving about it – it’s been a long time.”
But he’s not surprised they haven’t found a replacement, “The thing about award shows in general is, it’s kind of a dusty format. It’s a format that’s about as current as the 1950s variety show format. There’s always an effort to make it interesting and exciting to viewers who are used to a very different entertainment landscape in the modern era, and it’s often times fitting a square peg in a round hole. So it’s not an easy job, and I’m not surprised that they have a tough time finding takers.”
He added, “It’s fun! It’s a fun gig. I’ll tell you that much.”
The Oscars will air live on Feb. 24.