Seth MacFarlane Defends His Oscar Nominations Hitler Joke

Seth MacFarlane seen on stage during the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement held at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Seth MacFarlane seen on stage during the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement held at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar nominations announcement routine included some eyebrow-raising quips – including a Hitler joke – but the first-time host is defending the joke.

During the nominations with Emma Stone on Thursday morning, Seth said, “The last time Austria and Germany got together and co-produced something it was Hitler, but this is much better,” referring to the Best Picture-nominated movie “Amour.”

The funnyman defended the comment with another joke late Thursday.

“Lotta flap over that Adolf joke. Look, Amour was a great film, so how about this: Austria, we’ll give you the Oscar if you take back Arnold,” Seth Tweeted.

Seth also thanked the Academy for his nomination for Best Song for “Ted”, Tweeting, “thanks Academy for the nom — I’ll be calm when you tell me it was an error.”

Find out who will take home Oscar gold – and what other controversial jokes Seth might make – on February 24 live on ABC at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.

-- Jesse Spero

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