Seth MacFarlane announced Monday that he won’t return to host the Oscars again in 2014, which would be even bigger news if he hadn’t made the same announcement twice before.

Speculation had risen that MacFarlane might make a comeback appearance after exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron signed on to return for next year’s kudocast, but MacFarlane put the idea to rest — again.

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“Traumatized critics exhale: I’m unable to do the Oscars again,” MacFarlane began in the first of a pair of tweets Monday. “Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep. However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business. My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix.”


MacFarlane has been nothing if not consistent about his plans to make his 2013 hosting appearance a one-time thing.

“It’s the time commitment, I just don’t think I could do it again,” he told the print edition of Entertainment Weekly before this year’s Feb. 24 ceremony. “It will have been almost six months that I’m working on this. And I’m still going to get savaged in the press.”

Then, after drawing polarizing reviews for his hosting performance, MacFarlane reiterated that he would not be back, saying “no way.”


In other words, MacFarlane is the opposite of the “Ask Again Later” response on a Magic 8-Ball. He’s not coming back, folks.

(Unless, of course, he does.)