After a Twitter user suggested that the people's champion would be the ideal host for the Hollywood awards shindig, Johnson responded by saying he was actually the first choice for the task but had to pass due to scheduling complications with the Jumanji sequel production.
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. Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road, ' he concluded.
This year's Oscars will go "host-less"!
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. However, there was controversy around some of his old tweets, and this eventually culminated in Hart stepping down. "People really care", she said. After the scandal with Kevin Hart and his homophobic comments which caused him to pull out of hosting the Oscars, the Academy has not found a replacement. "There are big popular movies being nominated".
Burke said the decision was taken after what she called "the messiness" over the Hart withdrawal and an attempt to revive his chances.
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air live February 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.