- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said on Twitter on Wednesday that he was asked to host the Oscars and wanted to make it “the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever.”
- He said he had to decline, however, because of a conflict with filming for the sequel to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
- After the comedian Kevin Hart stepped down, the Oscars will be hostless for the first time since 1989.
The Oscars will be hostless this year, but it could have been different if not for “Jumanji.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted on Wednesday that he was the Academy’s first choice to host this year and would have done so had his schedule permitted it. But he’s busy filming the sequel to 2017’s box-office hit “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
“Ah mahalo dude, I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal was to make it the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever,” he said in response to a Twitter user who suggested that Johnson host next year. “We all tried hard, but couldn’t make it work since I’m shooting Jumanji. Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road.”
The untitled “Jumanji” sequel, which will be the third movie in the series, is scheduled to hit theatres in December.
The comedian Kevin Hart, a costar of Johnson’s in “Welcome to the Jungle,” was originally announced to host the Oscars but stepped down after years-old homophobic tweets resurfaced. The Oscars will now be hostless for the first time since 1989.
The Oscars are set to air on ABC on February 24 at 8 p.m.
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