James Franco and Bruce Vilanch have a war of words over failed Oscar telecast
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
The dust has settled and now everyone involved with the 83rd Annual Academy Awards wants to point fingers and assign blame as to why the show was such an epic failure. Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway have received the blunt of the blame, but anyone who saw the telecast knows that no host would be able to turn in a decent performance with such horrible writing. But in regards to Franco’s hosting gig, writer Bruce Vilanch recently said “The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened … ‘ Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories.” The good news for Vilanch is that this criticism reminds America that he’s not dead yet.
He went on to insinuate that Franco wasn’t cut out for the gig and although certain media outlets have blown this out of proportion, Vilanch was still wrong to call out Franco without taking some of the blame himself. Vilanch has never been funny, but his jokes and humor are more suited for a senior-citizen bingo night than an Oscar telecast. Franco retorted with a Tweet “Bruce he let me down” and a picture of him and Vilanch with a nasty message. He later took it down, but it’s still kind of sad to see what this has turned into.