Seth MacFarlane, asked if he expects to return to host the Academy Awards next year, already appears to have burned that bridge.

“No way,” the Family Guy creator answered on Twitter when a fan questioned whether he’d be back. “Lotta fun to have done it, though.” To his credit, MacFarlane held court on the film industry’s biggest stage. And while most have split as to whether he succeeded or failed as a host, he completed the task, which is more than can be said for, say, Eddie Murphy.

But that puts the Academy right back to square one when it comes down to finding and possibly grooming a regular Oscar host. Billy Crystal can’t keep coming back again and again to bail his friend Oscar out of a jam … can he?

As is usually the case around here, we already have an opinion as to whom we’d like to see on the stage hosting next year’s Academy Awards. We understand that the “body” has barely cooled, but if the Academy can secure a host soon, they’d have a calendar year to write jokes that are far better than the juvenile and insulting “We Saw Your Boobs.” So, who deserves the gig?

Neil Patrick Harris
Wait for it … yes, we’re saying that NPH would be ideal as an Oscar host. He already put in his time hosting – and killing – at the Tonys and the Emmys. He is a song-and-dance man with a tremendous sense of humor, a tremendous sense of self, and the proven ability to play to a tough crowd and make celebrities laugh at themselves. Like previous winning hosts, NPH has just enough experience in the movie-making field to understand the point of the show. But he’s comfortable as hell on live television, and would keep the slow parts of the show moving. How he hasn’t been asked to host the Oscars yet is beyond us. Hopefully next year.

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