Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has confirmed that he will not return to host next year's Academy Awards ceremony.

The comedy writer and voice-over artist hosted the 85th Academy Awards earlier this year and it had been speculated that he would be asked to return for another year.

However, MacFarlane took to Twitter to talk about the rumours himself, writing: "Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep.

"However, I highly recommend the job... My suggestion for host is Joaquin Phoenix," MacFarlane added.

MacFarlane also praised Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as being "two of the most talented producers in the business", both of whom run the successful Storyline Entertainment production company.