Seth MacFarlane Defends His Oscar Nominations Hitler Joke

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Seth MacFarlane seen on stage during the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement held at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Getty Premium
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Seth MacFarlane's Oscar nominations announcement routine included some eyebrow-raising quips - including a Hitler joke - but the first-time host is defending the joke.

During the nominations with Emma Stone on Thursday morning, Seth said, "The last time Austria and Germany got together and co-produced something it was Hitler, but this is much better," referring to the Best Picture-nominated movie "Amour."

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The funnyman defended the comment with another joke late Thursday.

"Lotta flap over that Adolf joke. Look, Amour was a great film, so how about this: Austria, we'll give you the Oscar if you take back Arnold," Seth Tweeted.

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Seth also thanked the Academy for his nomination for Best Song for "Ted", Tweeting, "thanks Academy for the nom -- I'll be calm when you tell me it was an error."

Find out who will take home Oscar gold - and what other controversial jokes Seth might make - on February 24 live on ABC at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.

-- Jesse Spero

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