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In an interview Thursday on NBC’s Today show, Anne Hathaway said critics were “definitely tough” on her Oscar host performance with James Franco.
“They said we were the worst show ever,” she told Matt Lauer while promoting her new toon, Rio. “I think that qualifies as tough.”
A national survey of 241 viewers conducted by San Francisco Bay Area’s Q & A Research found that 36 percent gave Hathaway a very good to excellent rating to just 19 percent for Franco. Half of viewers (51 percent) want her back as host, while 26 percent wish to see Franco return.
Franco recently told David Letterman he maybe had “low energy” but insisted, “I honestly played those lines as well as I could.”
Hathaway said she thinks about the Oscars as “several different experiences. There was the critical reaction, which was awful. Then there are the people who have been coming up to me since then who stop and say, ‘I thought it was fantastic. I watched it with my family and we were entertained.’ I am very grateful to those people.
“And then there’s my memory of it – which is , whether it was great or whether it stunk, who knows?” she said. “I still got to walk out on the Kodak and see those people and someday I’ll get to tell my grandkids about it.”
Would she do it again?
“Why not?” she replied, adding: “I don’t know. Maybe. Perhaps. No.”
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