The Rock says he was the Academy's first choice for Oscars host
07 February, 2019, 20:11 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's.this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many incredible talented artists", he tweeted, just two days after being announced as host.
Johnson replied with a light hearted but interesting response.
The 46-year-old actor said he hoped to make the 2019 Oscars "fun and entertaining" but his contractual agreements to star in Jumanji's second outing ruled him out of the job.
'We all tried hard, but couldn't make it work since I'm shooting Jumanji.
"For me, I could look at that one little moment and say, 'I was OK then".
The Oscars ceremony has gone without a host only once before in its 91-year history, in 1989.
"Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept them in the conversion", she said. "People really care. It's fascinating".
"After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course", she explained. "We all got on board with that". As relayed by The Hollywood Reporter, she also confirmed that the goal is to keep the show to three hours, which is good news considering last year's event was nearly as long as Gone With The Wind.
"So the producers, I think, decided wisely to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and the movies being the stars", Burke said.
A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday (February 5) that award show will not feature a main host, saying that instead there will be a countless number of A-list celebrities on hand who will take the Oscars stage throughout the night. The other thing to keep in mind is that Johnson and Hart, co-stars in both Jumanji and Central Intelligence, have a friendly rivalry going on in the public eye, usually over social media.
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