Admittedly, I only got around to watching the full Oscars ceremony last night. And I have to say, Seth MacFarlane did a pretty decent job in my (humble) opinion. His ceremony opening was far more exciting than anything I've seen from Billy Crystal in all his years. No offense, Bill. Hosting the Oscars is without doubt the pinnacle of live television presenting; he said it himself, there was close to a billion people tuning in to watch him f*ck up so to say the pressure was on is a gross understatement. As the toughest gig you could possibly land in showbusiness, it's never going to be easy. Of course, he has to push the boat out, make inappropriate jokes, say the things that everybody else is thinking but nobody will verbalise. But he also has to be charming, polished, get all the names right and, on top of all of the above, he's got to sing and dance too? Show me anybody else that could tick all of those boxes.
On a side note, that's a fairly decent vocal range he's been keeping under wraps, amirite?
Anyhoo, despite impressing me (and George Clooney and former host Hugh Jackman, who've both praised him for a job well done), he failed to win the hearts of the majority. And so, he shall never host The Oscars again, with most people expecting dynamic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to take the reigns next year.
MacFarlane was asked by a Twitter follower whether he would consider hosting again, to which he promptly responded: "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though."