The Oscars is just about three months away, and the show still doesn’t have a host! Kevin Hart, 39, pulled out of the gig after his anti-gay tweets resurfaced, and we’re hearing that the baton could pass to Jimmy Kimmel, 51, four days after the resignation. But he wants to be a last resort!
Here are Jimmy’s conditions. “He wants them to ask him before the New Year, so he is as ready as possible because it takes a lot to prepare for the show,” the source explains. “So it will be an interesting few weeks for Jimmy. He is going to take it day by day and expect every possible scenario, but he will be ready in the bullpen in the chance ABC and the Academy needs him.” And that could be a very likely chance, as multiple reports have spoken of the Academy’s desperation to find a replacement.
“Oscar producers are scrambling to find a replacement after the Kevin Hart fiasco. Producers feel embarrassed and are struggling with the host problem due to the short notice,” according to network insider. While hosting the Oscars may sound like a dream job, producers are having a “hard time” finding someone willing because “the spot has now been tainted due to Kevin’s issues.” And no celebrity wants to be an afterthought, as “big stars” don’t want to look like a second choice…as a result they do not want to touch the job.
Producers would like to get someone who is safe and who has done the job before, like Kimmel or Ellen, but no one wants the hot seat. New faces — like Lin Manuel Miranda or Tiffany Haddish are also being considered as substitutes. Whoever steps up to the plate, the Academy won’t be too picky as they’re “getting desperate.” That’s because the last thing producers want to do is go forward with no host and have a committee of celebs presenting awards without a unifying host.
—Source: Hollywood Life