So now we are finally hearing from both camps on what went down Oscar night where General Hospital’s recurring superstar, James Franco co-hosted Hollywood’s biggest night. Franco was panned by critics across the board for his seemingly sleepy and lackluster performance, but according to Franco he puts the blame squarely on famed comedy writer and award show writing staffer, Bruce Vilanch.
According to The Wrap, Franco tweeted his upset, “Bruce, he let me down” and then linked to a photo of himself and veteran Oscar writer Vilanch. The photo which has a “2011 James Franco” copyright on the bottom, is scrawled with two quotes supposedly coming out of Vilanch’s mouth: “James f***ed up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy,” on the top, and “I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!” on the bottom. Franco deleted the tweet within minutes, but by then plenty of his 400,000-plus followers had seen it, taken screen grabs and spread it around the Internet. At about 5 p.m., he reposted the photo, its scrawled comment intact.
The shout-out on Vilanch came after the writer made comments on Vulture about Franco’s Oscar hosting debut, “I have to call James Franco and tell him the show’s over … He took a nap and woke up in class.” Vilanch attributed Franco’s lackluster performance to the actor having “too many balls in the air,” and not arriving at rehearsals until three days before the show. Vilanch also said that Franco had “a bunch of people who were writing for him,” and that most of the communication came via email. Concluded the 22-time Oscar writer, “[H]e didn’t get there.” The Vulture also asked Vilanch if Franco was stoned or high during the ceremonies in which he replied, “No, he wasn’t high,” I was with him, and he wasn’t high. And I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both.”
Last week, Academy president Tom Sherak told TheWrap that he’s aware the pairing of Franco and Anne Hathaway didn’t work. “She tried very hard, and he did it his own way,” Sherak said of Hathaway and Franco. “The light didn’t go on for him.”