On Tuesday, Kevin Hart was announced as the host of next year’s Oscars. Three days later, he’s out. With just two months to go until the ceremony – the Academy’s ninety-first – we’ve rounded up some possible alternatives for a late substitution.
For those who missed the sharp reversal of Hart from the hosting job, the move comes after the comedian and actor faced criticism for decade-old tweets at the expense of the LGBT community.
On being asked by the Academy to apologise, Hart refused, on the basis that he had already done so in the past, and has now stepped down.
So, who could replace him?
The task of hosting the glitzy annual show has been named ‘the least wanted job in Hollywood’, with many a past host – Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart among them – implying a reluctance to return.
It doesn’t help that the Oscars have been haemorrhaging viewers for years and has gained notoriety for being excessively long, predominantly white and liable to cock-ups. We’re looking at you Warren.
With that in mind, here are seven possible replacements…
1. Dwayne Johnson
Hollywood’s busiest star is the epitome of likability. He’s popular, a hard worker and all round good guy. What can we say, except you’re welcome!
2. Tiffany Haddish
Sure, the hilarious Girls Trip star caused a minor upset in mispronouncing poor Daniel Kaluuya’s name at last year’s ceremony but we feel like he’s moved on. Her set with Maya Rudolph was the highlight of the show and we want more.
3. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
These two have been touted elsewhere and deserve a look in. As a sketch duo, the pair boast terrific comedy talent. Plus, after last year’s win for Peele, there’s Oscar credibility there too.
4. Kristen Bell
The Frozen star was a delight when she became the first ever host of the Screen Actors Guild awards and has previous from hosting the CMT Music and Independent Spirit awards before that. She’s also a Disney princess with comedic prowess so this would be a forking good pick.
5. The Muppets
Could be a disaster, could be comic gold, would be a bold choice for the Academy.
6. Hugh Jackman
Jackman has been a hot ticket for years in Hollywood and previously, successfully, hosted the Oscars in 2009. He’s an all-singing, likeable, funny and charismatic showman and would be a very welcome returnee ten years later.
7. Gal Gadot
DC’s saviour proved her hosting mettle when she nailed the top spot on Saturday Night Live. With Wonder Woman: 1984 still over a year away, we’re missing her screen presence and are calling it now: she’d be perfect.
Who would you pick? Let us know in the comments…