Love him or hate him, Seth MacFarlane’s turn as host of the Academy Awards this year certainly had people talking. (They were also watching as the show’s ratings were up 3% over 2012’s broadcast.) And so, operating under the assumption that there is no such thing as PR, has the writer/actor/director been approached to host next year’s ceremony?
Gossip site Just Jared (via Bleeding Cool) is reporting that in the wake of the rehiring of last year’s Oscars telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for next year’s gala, the pair have already reached out to MacFarlane to see if he would like to rejoin them. Reportedly he has “a couple of weeks” to make his decision.
Of course, right after he was done with the show, MacFarlane said that he would never host again. But it is possible that he has since mellowed on that stance.
MacFarlane has a busy schedule for the rest of the year, and that might impact his decision. He is set to start shooting his sophomore feature film A Million Ways To Die In The West at the beginning of the summer and then the sequel to last summer’s Ted is set to commence in September. I would imagine that post-production would extend into the new year, right at the time he would need to prepping for the Academy Awards. And all of this is in addition to him overseeing Family Guy and American Dad (Although it hasn’t been officially announced it is looking like The Cleaveland Show is getting the ax after four seasons.) as well as the possibility that his live action sitcom pilot Dads, starring Giovanni Ribisi, will get picked up for the fall season. Can he squeeze anything else onto his schedule?
We may find out in just a few weeks.