The Academy Awards will be hosted in 2022 for the first time in three years, but there’s still no word on who it will be.
In 2019, a controversy surrounding Kevin Hart forced ABC to go ahead with the awards show without a host for the first time in recent memory. Audiences responded positively to the change given the ratings the Oscars received that year, so the network decided to retain that format for now.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association virtual press tour, Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, revealed that the network is currently looking for a pop culture savvy host, which will be the first time since Jimmy Kimmel worked on the show for 2017. operated. and the 2018 season.
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“It could be me,” joked Erwich (via Variety).
He notes that he is leaving the decision of who will host the show to executive producer Oscar Will Packer.
“He will really have his pulse on popular culture and entertainment,” Erwich explained. “I know he has a lot to offer and we’ll have more details to share soon.”
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Hart stepped down as the Oscars’ 2019 host after the Academy asked him to apologize for homophobic tweets he sent years ago as jokes. Although he apologized for the insensitive remark, he decided the Oscars hosting gig at the time was not for him amid controversy.
year, the host-free Oscars received a new rating, prompting ABC to decide against a host in 2020. It did the same in 2021 as the show was forced to adapt to the era of the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, both of those years brought new lows for the show’s ratings.
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As a result, it makes sense that the network would want to shake things up again with a new host. Past Oscar hosts besides Kimmel have included Chris Rock (2016), Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2014), Seth MacFarlane (2013), Billy Crystal (2012) and James Franco/Anne Hathaway (2011).
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The Oscars are currently scheduled to air March 27 and will return to the traditional Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood after last year’s pandemic-delayed shows at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles.