Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

The Rock says he was the Academy's first choice for Oscars host

The Rock says he was the Academy's first choice for Oscars host

The last time the Oscars had no host was back in 1989 at the 61st Annual Academy Awards and to say that it was a hot mess would be the understatement of the century.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tried to compensate for the lack of host by getting the biggest names in Hollywood to present the most prestigious movie awards of the year.

Writing on Twitter, The Rock said he wanted to make this year's Oscars broadcast the "most fun and entertaining Oscars ever".

"So I just got a call from the Academy, and that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old".

Instead of replacing him, the Academy have chose to go ahead without a celebrity emcee for the first time in 30 years.

Kevin Hart, who costarred with Johnson in Welcome to the Jungle (itself a sequel to 1995's Jumanji), was previously named as this year's Oscar host but stepped down after homophobic tweets he had written in the past were resurfaced. "The mystery is really compelling".

The controversy about Hart's tweets and the choice not to replace him with a single host follows a hard few years for the Academy.

"I think we are going to see a big turnout for this because these are big popular movies that have been nominated", she said.

This is not the first time that the awards show went on without a host.

Burke said the decision was taken after what she called "the messiness" over the Hart withdrawal and an attempt to revive his chances. The main goal, which I was told, was the Academy promised ABC past year after a very lengthy telecast to keep the show to three hours. "The producers, I think, wisely chose to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars".

Hart, who co-starred in "Jumanji" and will again in its forthcoming sequel, also would've been filming.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air live February 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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