I was the first choice to host the Oscars, says Dwayne Johnson

Carla Harmon
February 7, 2019

For the first time in 30 years, the Oscars will happen without a host, following the controversy with Kevin Hart, but the Academy first reached out to Dwayne Johnson.

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official Twitter handle revealed the star-studded nominees class photo and almost all the nominees of this year had gathered for a celebratory luncheon.

"Ah mahalo dude, I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal was to make it the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever".

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars", wrote Hart, who as well as his stand-up work has recently starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Night School. "Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept them in the conversation", she contended.

"We have a very exciting opener planned", ABC president Karey Burke teased at the Television Critics Association on Tuesday (via The Hollywood Reporter), adding, "We are not going to go straight into people thanking their agents". "It's really compelling. People really care".

The last time the Oscars went without a host was in 1989, when actor Rob Lowe was raked over the coals for his musical duet with Snow White.

Kevin Hart stepped down as the host in December, just days after accepting the gig.

Burke is also confident in the show's current no-hosts strategy, which she thinks will keep the telecast moving and also help the network keep the runtime to under three hours, allowing East Coast viewers to go to bed at a reasonable hour.

Burke said the decision was taken after what she called "the messiness" over the Hart withdrawal and an attempt to revive his chances.

Hart stepped down in December, just hours after he was announced as the host, after homophobic tweets he posted nearly eight years ago resurfaced.

The Oscars are set to air on ABC at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 24.

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