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Tuesday 30 September 2014

MacFarlane gets advice from Crystal

Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the Academy Awards

Seth MacFarlane believes his gig hosting the Academy Awards will be a "one-off" and that he'll be "flayed by the press" no matter what he does.

Speaking to reporters from the Dolby Theatre, where he'll host the 85th annual Oscar ceremony on February 24, Seth said he's "not feeling a lot of pressure from myself".

But he added: "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."

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.

"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, saying:"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 honoured, 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."

The 39-year-old entertainer said Billy Crystal, who hosted the Oscars nine times, gave him some helpful advice, including "get comfortable with your shoes before you go on stage."

Seth 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.

"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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