Oh, good. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced earlier this week that they’re bringing back Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of this year’s dull, sexist, overlong, self-promoting, and generally terrible Oscar ceremony, to do the job again next year. And the duo, exhibiting the stellar judgment and show-biz wisdom that brought us “We saw your boobs,” have reportedly asked loathsome host Seth MacFarlane to come on back as well.
MacFarlane, whose Straight White Male comedy stylings made for a night that was alternately awkward, uncomfortable, and smugly “controversial,” had previously said—promised!—on Twitter that he wouldn’t take the gig again. “No way,” he wrote in the days following the show. And we believed him, like suckers.
So why would the Academy bring back a mostly reviled host, as well as the producers that gave him the job and set him loose? One word: ratings. It is Hollywood, after all, where decisions are made by numbers, not by rational human beings.
According to the story’s source, “He’s not sure if he’s going to do it, but he has to decide within the next couple of weeks.” Maybe common sense will win out. We’re not holding our breath.