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Seth Rogen Defends Franco: Oscars Need Better Writers

Rogen thinks Franco was put in an unfair position while hosting the awards show last year.
By: Ashley Baylen
Published: November 25th, 2011 in Culture » Film » News
Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen, James Franco’s friend and Pineapple Express co-star, believes that the Academy Awards “hung him [Franco] out to dry” when co-hosting last years awards with Anne Hathaway.

In a recent interview with Shortlist magazine, Rogen explains that he would only host the Oscars if they hired “better writers.”

"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,” the 50/50 star began.

"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 s**t we do every f***ing 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."

I suppose the upside to this year’s event is that Billy Crystal will be hosting, so the writers are in familiar territory.



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