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  • Macbeth
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    Seth MacFarlane is receiving bad reception from his hosting gig, and is being called the worst ever host. Honestly, I don’t think he was that bad but he certainly began to go over the line at times

    So who do you think is the worst host of all time?

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    allabout oscars
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    CHRIS ROCK  was the worst host in Oscar history..
    Talk about bad taste…..he actually is the worst at
    every thing he attempts….

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    tonorlo
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    Chris Rock was the first person who came to mind as soon as I read the title of the thread, but everyone mentioned is certainly in the team picture, and MacFarlane is right up there.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Seth MacFarlane did good with what he was given. Yes, a few jokes fell flat, but he did okay for an Oscar host.

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    Pieman1994
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    I don’t think a host is bad because they “go over the line.” That’s stupid. That just means people WHO SHOULD be able to handle tough subjects, and live those tough subjects are being enormous babies. If they’re just not funny, not interesting, and/or not good at keeping the audience invested, then yeah. That would be a bad host. 

    Anyhow, I would say James Franco. Far and away. He just didn’t do a good job, he wasn’t trying, and his partner carried all of the weight.  

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    Miss Frost
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    James Franco. Boy was he stiff and wooden. Not to mention wasn’t he high? Anne did the best she could, so no blame to her, but I would really like to know how James Franco got the hosting duties in the first place.

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    Anthony
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    I will keep defending Seth MacFarlane as I thought he did an admirable job with what he was given. The only thing that bothered me was that his opening went on a little long, but he never faltered.

    Now James Franco was truly a disaster…Anne at least tried but he was the true definition of a trainwreck.

    Unlike a few here, the first name that came to mind was David Letterman…someone whom I love on his show, but he definitely didn’t do the best job as an Oscar host. Then you have Chris Rock, a brilliant comic who just didn’t leave a memorable impression.

    I haven’t seen much of any of the telecasts that Chevy Chase hosted, so I can’t comment on him.

    One hosting trio that was interesting was Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, and Robin Williams for the 1986 Oscars….they primarily showcased Alda and Fonda and barely gave anything to Williams until later in the show (maybe due to concerns over his behavior) but while I have respect for Alda and Fonda, they didn’t really write jokes for them which does make sense because they aren’t comedians but it made for a very boring ceremony. Williams did bring in some life though, no surprise.

    For the purpose of the poll though, I will vote for Franco even though I don’t think Hathaway was as bad as he was. 

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    Jason Travis
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    Word of mouth was Franco was upset with how Hathaway was to work with; don’t know if this is true or not, but I have heard rumors she wanted to make sure she got equal amounts of lines in the script down to the tee, and she was way too anal during rehearsal. Again, I don’t know if that’s true- but if it is, can you blame Franco for just saying ‘screw it’ and zoning out?

    I am one of the few that liked David Letterman- my first Oscar show I ever watched, and I remember my Dad and me enjoying a lot of him. I do know he has a infamously bad rap for the gig, but he was good in my book.

    As much as I love Billy Crystal, he felt WAYYY to safe last year and brought nothing new to the program. I enjoyed MacFarlane more then most, though I admit the Lincoln-Booth joke was a bit in bad taste (hear the audience’s reaction). But what are you gonna do?

    The problem with hiring these flavor of the month type of people to host is that they may be funny at holding  a crowd for a minute or two if they’re presenting- they’re NOT necessarily going to be able to hold a 3 1/2 hour show. There’s a huge difference. This is why the old school Oscars would just let the same person handle the reigns every year (Bob Hope, Johnny Carson) – they knew what they were doing. Bringing in new blood year after year is doing nothing but causing enormous hype and then utter disappointment because people’s expectations are way in the clouds.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Unfair question cause most of us haven’t seen the ceremonies from decades ago. 

    Macfarlene was fine…although I find it interesting that I felt like he had the most screentime than any other host in recent history. Not only was his intro really long (17 minutes), he was present throughout the entire broadcast for every intro of presenter and every throw to break. The announcer had an easy night.
    So I think part of it was that yeah, he was alright, but he wore out his welcome.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I thought Billy Crystal was pretty bad last year.  It was like he wasn’t trying at all.

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    Bob Hope in 1970 ceremony. His remark about Chief Dan George was awful. And he did have also some other nasty remark that year. 

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    Renaton
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    I will always defend Chris Rock, and I don’t care about stupid Sean Penn getting all touchy on jokes about Jude Law. He does not belong in a list of worst hosts.

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    James Franco/Anne Hathaway for sure.

    Seth Macfarlane had me hyped, but just like Ted and Family Guy, a terrible joke is hammered into the ground for 10 minutes. That opening was poor.

    From what I remember Letterman was just being Letterman-problem is I hate Letterman.
       

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I thought Chris Rock was really good.. Why did people not like him?

    Now… let’s say you work at The Gap.. haha 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    #93876

    Anne Hathaway tried at least, but James Franco, however, was terrible.

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