Jane Lynch nailed it when she hosted the 63rd Emmy Awards back in 2011, and now FOX’s Glee star is weighing in on the Academy’s choice for Seth MacFarlane to emcee the Oscars.
“Seth MacFarlane is hilarious and odd and has his own take on things and I think they want to bring that to the Oscars,” she told Celebuzz. “He’s great. I think it will be really fun.”
Lynch sees the choice as a natural progression from comedian Billy Crystal who successfully hosted the awards show nine times since 1990, but received lukewarm reviews for his appearance earlier this year.
“I think Billy Crystal kind of set the bar for that era,” she offered. “He kind of changed awards shows doing the opening number medley of all the movies. He was so funny, and it’s been at that level ever since, and I think that this is just another expression of that.”
What would Lynch change about her own Emmys hosting performance?
Looking back on her own performance at the Emmys, Lynch wishes she was less nervous. If she had it to do again, she would have cut the opening dance number and shaved off a joke or two.
“I would have cut out two of the gay jokes,” she confided. “Cause by the end it’s like, OK, you’re gay, we get it!”
Lynch has played memorable supporting parts in comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Talladega Nights but is best know for her part as the ruthless cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee.
“There’s so many people in the cast now,” she said about the transitions occurring on the hit show. “There’s new cast members and we have our old cast members who are actually back. So. everybody’s getting a little less, cause they’re trying to lay the pipe for the new people and set up the storylines and establish the storylines in New York. So, this next episode coming up is heavier.”
She can be heard as the voice of Sergeant Calhoun in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph opening November 2, and next year will be seen in indie comedies Adult Children of Divorce and Afternoon Delightabout a bored housewife who tries to rehabilitate a stripper.
With so much on her plate, would Lynch ever considering hosting the Emmys again? “A year ago, I would have said, ‘Uh-unh,’” she confided. “But yeah, I’d do it again.”