James Franco seeks solace from Oscar’s worst host ever: David Letterman

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‘I never dreamed of being, like, the best Oscar host ever,’ James Franco tells David Letterman on Friday’s ‘Late Show.’ ‘It was never on my list of things to do. It doesn’t mean I didn’t care and it doesn’t mean I didn’t try hard, but here’s the hypocritical thing. Leading up to the Oscars, I couldn’t hear enough about how, oh, people don’t care about the Oscars anymore. It’s dead. It’s at the end of a long awards season and who cares about it? Well, as soon as you don’t host the way they want you to, they suddenly care and won’t shut up about it!’

‘I know, I know,’ replies Letterman, who’s widely remembered as the worst Oscar host ever after his disastrous job emceeing the ceremony in 1995, honoring films made in 1994. When Franco asks Letterman what his own experience was like, Letterman replies, ‘It was horrible. Yes, I can’t even remember what it was. It was horrible. I was so bad that they talked for a while about shutting down the motion picture industry ... I was God awful.’

Below is a preview of the interview.

-- Tom O’Neil