Russell Crowe and Steve Martin are among the stars to have defended Seth MacFarlane’s stint hosting the Oscars. The Family Guy creator has come under fire for some of his more daring jokes at the Academy Awards on Sunday night but the Les Misérables star and comic actor Steve – who has hosted the ceremony three times – think he did a great job. Russell tweeted: “Congratulations @SethMacFarlane , you did great mate, handled it all with grace, #topjob.” Steve added: “Seth MacFarlane was wonderful and who knew? I did. But then, I wrote “Cruel Shoes.” The Ted director has been slammed for his controversial jokes, which saw him mock the newly-reconciled relationship between Chris Brown and Rihanna, who originally split in February 2009 after he assaulted her. Speaking about Django Unchained, Seth said: “This is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who’s been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.” Drawing on the film’s foul and racist language for another gag, he said: “I’m told that the screenplay was loosely based on Mel Gibson’s voice mails” — a reference to the actor’s taped abusive calls to former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.