Seth MacFarlane Says His Harvey Weinstein Oscars Joke Had Venom In It


Seth MacFarlane has opened up about his now-infamous joke about Harvey Weinstein at the Oscar nomination ceremony in 2013, revealing the dark truth behind it.

MacFarlane, an actor and filmmaker who created "Ted", explained that his quip stemmed from "Ted" actress Jessica Barth telling him privately a few years earlier that she had been victimized by Weinstein.

In a bit with Emma Stone at the time, MacFarlane, who was hosting the program, jokingly addressed the nominees for best supporting actress.

TMZ reports that Seth MacFarlane made his joke about Harvey Weinstein at the 2013 Oscar Nominations on behalf of his friend, Jessica Barth (who worked on Family Guy and Ted), who told MacFarlane in 2011 that Weinstein had made advances towards her. MacFarlane was so upset about this that he chose to take a shot at Weinstein publicly.

"She has since courageously come forward to speak out", MacFarlane posted on Twitter.

Let the record show that Seth MacFarlane's joke about Harvey Weinstein during the 2013 Academy Awards nominations telecast was meant as a "hard swing" at the scandal-embroiled film producer. Rather than doing the talking himself, the Late Night with Seth Meyers host invited Amber Ruffin, Ally Hord, and Jenny Hagel, three female writers on his staff, to give their reactions to the allegations. He stood by me and respected my wishes that he not retaliate in any way. "There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this".

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Jessica Barth came forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein. MacFarlane applauded his friend for finally sharing her story in public. Weinstein, 65, has denied numerous allegations made against him over the last week.

He is now among the many celebrities in Hollywood speaking out about the accusations aimed at Weinstein, which includes Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman and a long list of others.

"Once he told me if I ever wanted to compete with people like Mila Kunis that I would need to lose 10 pounds, I pretty much had it at that point", Barth said.