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Memo to Bruce Vilanch: Don't blame James Franco for your Oscar flop

March 21, 2011 |  6:40 pm

TO:     Bruce Vilanch

FROM: Tom O'Neil

RE:     The gall you have blaming James Franco for your Oscar bomb

Vilanch 2011 I think it's shocking that you're blaming James Franco for your recent Oscar disaster. The problem with the ceremony wasn't that Franco wasn't available to attend more rehearsals or because the gig was outside his comfort zone, as you told Vulture. It was because you and your team wrote a lousy show.

Why is everybody beating up on James Franco and Anne Hathaway? They're just actors who had nothing to do with compiling the content of the Oscarcast. They just spoke the words written by you and your cohorts who penned  unfunny, unremarkable lines this year. How much better would the show have been if Franco had been available to attend more rehearsals or appeared more at ease on stage? Would it really have been wonderful if a different star uttered that ho-hum stuff you wrote? Do you really think Bette Midler could've gotten a laugh out of it? If so, that's REALLY funny.

Now why don't you wake up at last and go write a (funny) apology Tweet to @JamesFranco?

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— Tom O'Neil

Photo credit: Photo of Bruce Vilanch by Jason Kempin / Getty Images.

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