The Oscars had been struggling to find a host for its 2019 broadcast — but landed on Kevin Hart. Following lackluster ratings and the La La Land Best Picture snafu, A-listers aren’t clamoring for the top emcee spot.
The Hollywood Reporter says that everyone who’s anyone had turned it down, including Oprah, Justin Timberlake, Julia Louis-Drefyus, Jerry Seinfeld, and even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as a team effort, who successfully helmed the Golden Globes a few years back.
The job requires weeks of work for a paltry low-six figures; the media, critics and fans inevitably rip the host to shreds; and the show does little to make the host more visible or famous.
In recent years, no one has done it more than twice, including Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen Degeneres, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart. In contrast, Bob Hope did it 19 times in his heyday.
Die-hard Mets fan Jon Stewart is trying not to lose faith in the team. Jon told TMZ that the team needs to sign right-fielder Bryce Harper who is reportedly looking for a new contract, but that Mets fans shouldn’t hold their breath. The comedian said that the team probably “just signed a 14-year-old they’re sure is going to be the next Bryce Harper, but is gonna turn out to be just another asthmatic with a bat.” With back to back seasons of fewer than 80 wins for the New York based team, its hard to argue with Mr. Stewart.