"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane already said earlier this year that there was "no way" he would host the Oscars again, after his 2013 performance garnered mixed reviews. But the return of 2013 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron fueled speculation that MacFarlane would also be back.
The 39-year-old comedy writer and actor tweeted Monday that that he was too busy with other projects to host the Oscars next year.
"Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," MacFarlane said.
"However, I highly recommend the job, as Zadan and Meron are two of the most talented producers in the business," he continued.
He put forward his own thoughts on next year's host: "My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix."
Watch MacFarlane's opening monologue from this year's Oscars ceremony below:
Seth Opens With Painfully Long Monologue by zappata84