"In the grand scheme of things, I got to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Anne told Harper's Bazaar a few months later. "I met great people, wore beautiful clothes. And I got to put on a show. I don't see a downside. Anyone who disliked my personality probably disliked my personality before the Oscars."
And in 2016, James, who actually asked Anne to host with him after she apparently declined, played the whole thing off as an experiment. He explained: "In the best-case scenario, even if I killed it, it's not going to help my career, because that's not what it's based on. It was an experiment."