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Seth Rogen blames Oscars for James Franco sucking at hosting Oscars

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Perhaps this year's carousel of hosting rumors, Brett Ratner dominating a few news cycles, and the ultimate decision that Billy Crystal will be hosting for the 837th time made you forget — but last year's Oscars were really terrible.

If it wasn't for Twitter and the hundreds of jokes per minute about the debacle, it would have been unwatchable. The Academy's "let's get the kids interested!" approach of putting the show in the hands of twenty-something co-hosts backfired completely. When the dust finally settled, the popular public consensus was that, sure, Anne Hathaway wasn't very good, but at least she was trying. James Franco, though? He clearly didn't give a shit.

But was he truly the one who should have been blamed? Or was he merely the most obvious scapegoat? In an interview with Shortlist about his new movie 50/50, Seth Rogen addresses this question:

I think when you agree to do something like that, you put a certain amount of faith in the institution, hoping that they’ll take care of you, and I feel like they didn’t [take care of him]. Why hire James Franco and then give him Billy Crystal’s monologue? It was like, “Oh, we’ll hire these young hosts and then we’ll just do the same sh*t we do every f*cking year.” Which to me was really odd. I think they just approached it wrong. They didn’t think it through, and they were way underprepared. I think they hung him out to dry. So I wouldn’t do it unless they hired some better writers [laughs].

Oh, yeah. Everyone kind of forgets that, sure, Franco and Hathaway were terrible hosts. But read a transcript of the show — I mean, if you ever have absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, to do in your life — while picturing any comedian you want in there. Chris Rock. Louis CK. Richard Pryor. The jokes that actually land are still few and far between.