Seth Rogen Thinks the Oscars Screwed Over James Franco

sethrogen-300a.jpgIf there's one thing we still need to discuss, it's the 2011 Oscars and how co-host James Franco bungled them up. (If you believe that, I have bunch of leftover Sarah Palin jokes I'd like to fly for you.) Fellow Freaks and Geeks alum Seth Rogen responded to a question regarding Mr. Franco, and he finally weighed in on the Oscars' decision to hire young hosts. Specifically, he thinks the Academy screwed James Franco over.

In an interview with, Rogen considered the circumstances surrounding Franco's dubious hosting gig.

James Franco's a friend of yours. Would you ever host the Oscars like he did?

Not now [laughs]. 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].

I think the better question is, "Why hire James Franco to recite patter at all?" Even smoother thespians like Jon Hamm and Ryan Gosling would've had a tough time remaining buoyant and perky for 210 minutes. An Oscar host must be vaudevillian. There's no getting around it. Hugh Jackman, I eagerly await your return to the dais.

Mind you, if Franco decided to host the Razzies next year, my respect for him would likely quintuple.

Seth Rogen interview [Shortlist]


  • Elias says:

    I have to kind of agree here…Franco is very good at what he does and is actually a really funny guy when given the chance to showcase it…but this was not the right platform. There were a few highlights here and there, but they were sadly few and far between. I don’t think this was Franco’s fault, it has to start with the writers…not only writing jokes that are funny, but understanding who they’re writing for and working constantly towards those strengths.

  • SD says:

    I personally did not have a problem with Franco. It was Franco paired with Hathaway's Prom Queen exuberance that made the pairing uncomfortable.
    Of course I found Billy Crystal's monologue to be one of the low points (beaten only by Kirk Douglas) so by comparison I thought he did fine.

  • j'accuse! says:

    It's also good to not be stoned when hosting the Oscarcast.

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