Seth MacFarlane, the 39 year-old creator, writer and voice of “Family Guy”, has split from girlfriend Emilia Clarke after a six month relationship, this according to a report by Extra on Thursday, March 21. Seth and 25 year-old Emilia, whose best known for her role on “Game of Thrones”, are said to have parted friends. Meanwhile, MacFarlane’s controversial hosting of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony got a boost of support from his producers as they issued a statement regarding his “We Saw Your Boobs” song.
As E! News first reported, one of television’s “cutest off-screen couples” apparently fell victim to Hollywood’s notorious distance factor. Emilia Clarke’s HBO show is filmed in Europe, while MacFarlane’s Fox shows are based in California.
The Hollywood Reporter is running a story that claims the funnyman’s Oscar hosting was recently defended by his awards show producers.
Three weeks past, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan defended host Seth MacFarlane, who came under fire from critics, bloggers, special interest groups and some high-profile female stars for a show they called “intolerant”.
“He did the job that we wanted him to do. Seth is irreverent - he comments on things that happen in our culture, and that's what he did. We thought he did an extraordinary job”, Meron said.
The Oscar’s co-producer added that he felt Seth’s hosting brought in the youngest demographic the show has ever seen.
Speaking about one of the most criticized segments of the show, the infamous “We Saw Your Boobs” song, in which MacFarlane sang about various actresses’ topless scenes in film, Zadan said that critics didn't understand the bit.
“It was not about the women that were mentioned. The song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host", said Zadan.
“Thelma & Louise” actress Geena Davis called MacFarlane’s routine “disrespectful towards women”. Another Oscar recipient, Jane Fonda, said his hosting was “vulgar”, adding, “if they want to stoop to that, why not list all the penises we've seen”?.
Jamie Lee Curtis also expressed her distaste for Seth’s song on her Huffington Post blog. She felt the ceremonies, which should be a celebration of artistic achievements, had turned into a “roast”.
Perhaps the backlash led to the writer, singer, composer, actor and producer to come out immediately after the Oscars to declare he’d never do it again.
“Everyone who complained missed the joke, it was satire”, Meron said.