Dwayne Johnson Says He Was the 'First Choice' to Host Oscars 2019

Dwayne Johnson Says He Was the 'First Choice' to Host Oscars 2019

In response to a fan on Twitter, the actor explained that he was the Academy's first choice to host the show this year, but due to filming commitments for his upcoming "Jumanji" sequel, he was unable to follow through with the gig.

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official Twitter handle revealed the star-studded nominees class photo and almost all the nominees of this year had gathered for a celebratory luncheon.

The 46-year-old actor said he hoped to make the 2019 Oscars "fun and entertaining" but his contractual agreements to star in Jumanji's second outing ruled him out of the job.

Instead of replacing him, the Academy have made a decision to go ahead without a celebrity emcee for the first time in 30 years.

This year's Oscar ceremony will go ahead without an official host, an ABC television executive said on Tuesday. We're going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated.

"There wasn't a messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation".

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Hart issued an apology to the LGBTQ community and resigned as Oscars host.

So let's say that this first Tweet is 100% accurate. The main goal, which I was told, was the Academy promised ABC a year ago after a very lengthy telecast to keep the show to three hours.

"So the producers, I think, decided wisely to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and the movies being the stars", Burke said.

The controversy about Hart's tweets comes after a hard few years for the Academy that have seen Envelopegate, the OscarsSoWhite campaign and the scrapping of a proposed popular film award category. Until then, Hart and Johnson will be shooting Jumanji for the sequel which is set to release in December 2019.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air live February 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.