After longtime Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch told New York Magazine that James Franco had failed as the host of the Academy Awards, Franco took umbrage, reports TV Guide.
Vilanch, a comic who’s written jokes for nearly every Oscars broadcast in the past 20 years, said that he felt Franco’s performance at last month’s awards telecast "didn’t get there." Reviews for this year’s ceremony have generally been lukewarm at best.
Franco responded by Twitter, saying, "Bruce, he let me down!"
Vilanch also joked: "I have to call James Franco and tell him the show’s over. He doesn’t know. He took a nap and he woke up in class."
Vilanch concluded that it may have been a better idea to get a comedian to host the ceremony. "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 …,’" Vilanch said.