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MacFarlane gets Oscar-hosting advice from Crystal
By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Despite getting advice from Billy Crystal and working as hard as he can to prepare to host the Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane thinks his hosting gig is a "one-off," and that he'll be slammed by the critics no matter what he does.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday from the Dolby Theatre, where he'll host the 85th annual Oscar ceremony on Feb. 24, the entertainer was alternately confident and self-deprecating.

"I'm not feeling a lot of pressure from myself," he said. "There is sort of a comfort in knowing that no matter what you do, you're going to get the same reactions in the reviews. So I could put on the worst or the best show in the world and I will still be flayed by the press."

Still, he said he's spent five months trying to strike a comedic balance that will satisfy the fans of his animated shows and the comparatively highbrow audience inside the Dolby Theatre.

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"I've set myself up for the hardest job in the world because the fans of 'Family Guy' and 'Ted' and the shows and whatnot that I do are expecting one thing. If I deliver that, this crowd will walk out," he said.

He promises to add bite to the show -- "The whole point of their bringing me on was to give it a little bit more of an edge" -- but acknowledges there will be a lot of ego in the audience.

"You have a room full of people who are at the top of their game: They're successful, they're being honored, they're attractive -- and yet this is also the group with the thinnest skin on the planet," he said, "so it's a tough group."

Ultimately, he hopes to hybridize the pointed barbs of three-time Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais with the classy style of Crystal, who hosted the Oscars nine times, most recently last year.

The 39-year-old entertainer said Crystal gave him some helpful advice, including "get comfortable with your shoes before you go on stage."

MacFarlane will sing during the show, and is also a nominee for his original song for "Ted," but said he expects to lose the category to Adele.

He's aiming for "very much a classic Oscars with a much more current edge," and said, "It's impossible to work any harder than I have in preparation for this," but he still doesn't think he'll be invited back.

"This will probably be the only time I'm asked to do this," he said. "It feels like a one-off. But I'm still thrilled to be doing it. It's going to be a lot of fun. I will very much enjoy having done it once it's over."

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Feb 13, 2013 3:59PM
Many have tried, and few have succeeded, in hosting the Oscars.  David Letterman failed miserably.  Jon Stewart didn't fare much better.  Billy Crystal seems to do best of all lately.  The all-time kings of Oscar hosts in the 20th century were Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.  As for the show, McFarlane is right about the room being filled with the most talented, overpaid, glamorous people in the word, and most of them with the thinnest skin on the planet.  One slight move to the left, and he could polarize the entire room.  He'll never please the media, though, so he might as well forget about them and just do the best damn job he can.  The night will pass by in the blink of an eye for him anyway, so I just hope he enjoys it while he lasts, gets a laugh or two, has a laugh or two himself, and then puts it behind him and goes back to his dayjob, which is being one of the funniest people on earth!!!
Mar 5, 2013 9:36AM
No matter who hosts the Oscars,no one is EVER Happy. It can not be easy to stand up in front of all those people (even if they are your peers) AND know that you are being broadcast all over the world? I like to see anyone of these HATERS do a better job! I think He did an AMAZING JOB! Go Seth! If you know the man's work,then you know his type of comedy. Get over yourselves all these people complaining about the song "We saw your boobs!" It is OVER and DONE  with! There are so many more TRULY  IMPORTANT things to worry about a song that was done to be funny. Seriously, there are people that still do not have jobs,people living on the streets and people being killed daily and you are making a huge fuss over something that was two weeks ago? Get a life! Worry more about our rights that seem to being POOF! in the blink of an eye than a funny as heck song about nonsense,and yes I am a woman and I was NOT OFFENDED!
Feb 13, 2013 9:44AM
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