It turns out that when Seth MacFarlane preemptively refused to host the Oscars again, he wasn’t just whistling “Dixie” (“Dixie” being the name of a girl whose boobs he saw). “Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again,” MacFarlane tweeted today, officially putting to rest the rampant speculation that he would return, despite his already denying this three months ago. However, this time MacFarlane says he’s bowing out after “trying to make it work schedule-wise,” and realizing the job would conflict with all the not-getting-blamed-for-furthering-the-ugly-culture-of-misogyny he had earmarked for that week. Still, MacFarlane remains upbeat about recommending both the gig and returning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, even going so far as to suggest he be replaced by Joaquin Phoenix—a nod to Phoenix’s publicly stated disgust with the ceremony, as well as the fact that none of this matters, really.
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