Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has reportedly been invited to return as host of the 2014 Oscars.

According to Just Jared - and although he earned a mixed response to his performance at this year's event - the Academy Awards organisers have asked him to return.

"After defending his performance, the producers reached out to Seth and invited him back to host the show again," said a source close to MacFarlane.

"He's not sure if he's going to do it, but he has to decide within the next couple of weeks."

The 2013 Oscars drew 40.3 million more viewers than the previous awards ceremony, when veteran host Billy Crystal returned to present the star-laden show.

Justin Timberlake has also been rumoured to be in the running to host next year's event.