Anne Hathaway says she passed on hosting the 2011 Oscars but co-host James Franco changed her mind

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She co-hosted alongside actor James Franco in a show that was panned by critics, mostly for Franco’s apparent disinterest.

For example, in his review for USA Today, critic Robert Bianco wrote, “At least Hathaway was in there pitching throughout — unlike her co-host, who sometimes seemed to be preparing for a remake of Dazed and Confused.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman called it “spectacularly unwatchable.” Ouch.

Well, Hathaway has revealed that it wasn’t her idea, anyway. And it seemed to be something she was anxious to say, because she offered the knowledge up as some tea she wanted to spill.

“I turned that gig down, and James is the one that convinced me to do it,” Hathaway recently told People TV.

When asked if Franco had meant the night as some kind of joke on the actress, Hathaway said, “If he’d turned around and said, ‘I’m pranking you right now,’ I think I would have been OK with it. I would have been like, ‘That sucks, but it’s epic.’ He might still turn around and do that on all of us, by the way.”

So far, that hasn’t happened, leaving Hathaway full of regret for her decision to host.

“When all the dust settled, I was just like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” she said. “Your first instinct is usually the right one, and all the reasons why I turned it down came true.”

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