Howard then tried to get to the bottom of the James Franco/Anne Hathaway controversial Oscar hosting gig. After they hosted the show together in 2011, the reviews were famously brutal, but James had an explanation as to just what went wrong: "Anne is big and her bits called for her to be big. I've learned from doing buddy comedy movies, though, that you need a straight man to go along with the wild person."
James decided that he would be the straight man to Anne's wild woman, but it was that very tactic that got James in hot water when people accused him of abandoning Anne on stage. The night was so stressful for Franco that, as soon as he left LA to get back to Yale (still in his tux), he developed a hemorrhoid. He spent the next week holed up in a New Haven hotel, nursing both his ego as well as his asshole.