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

After seeing a tweet recommending him as host of next year's ceremony, Johnson shared that he tried to make it work this year.

Instead of a single host, the Oscars will feature numerous presenters, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jennifer Lopez, Whoopi Goldberg, and Brie Larson, among others.

Burke also admitted going host-less for the Oscars made her nervous but said, "It no longer does".

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson just broke his silence on the Oscars hosting situation saying he was "their first choice".

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

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"I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars in the conversation and that the mystery has been really compelling. People really care", Burke said.

"Award shows ratings are down across the board, so it is a challenge, and one that we have to keep very vigilant about, to make sure the show stays relevant and entertaining", she said. However, there was controversy around some of his old tweets, and this eventually culminated in Hart stepping down. "I think we're going to see a big turnout for this, because these are big, popular movies that are being nominated".

"If the Academy is so inclined to line up a great host for next year's Oscars, just pick @TheRock". "The producers, I think, wisely chose to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars". When the 91st Academy Awards airs on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, the show will press forward with a slew of presenters and musical acts, but there will be no host in sight.

Later on Wednesday afternoon, The Rock responded, confirming that he was the Academy's first choice, but it didn't work because of his Jumanji sequel schedule.

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

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