It’s no secret the Academy is having a hard time replacing their initial 2019 host, Kevin Hart.
The comedian stepped down from hosting the 91st annual Academy Awards next year after initially refusing to apologize again for old tweets that were decidedly anti-gay.
TMZ reported Monday that part of the trouble producers are having finding a replacement host is due to the gig’s low pay. They claim host Jimmy Kimmel was only paid $15,000 for one of the hardest hosting gigs in Hollywood.
We’re sure the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is only having a hard time due to the lack of money, because surely there’s no lack of talent in Hollywood.
Here are seven Black comedians and actors who we think could handle the gig.
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It's no secret Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph has the comedic chops to pull off hosting the Oscars. It is a live show after all. But when she presented last year with Tiffany Haddish the entire Hollywood community took notice with headlines proclaiming that the two stole the show. We wouldn't be upset if the Academy brought Rudolph back.
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It seems that ever since Girls Trip hit theaters back in 2017, it's been Tiffany Haddish's season. And that Haddish reign just won't let up. As we've already said, her appearance last year at the Oscars with Rudolph was a hit, not to mention Hollywood loves her monologues. In fact, she won an Emmy Award for her Saturday Night Live monologue so...give Haddish a chance!
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You already know, the Oscars loves to open with a musical number. And there's no better person than the singing and rapping phenom, Donald Glover. Along with writing some hilarious lines, which he's sure to do (Hello! His hit show Atlanta!), he could also give us a few woke freestyles a la "This Is America." We're ready.
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Another Saturday Night Live star just could be the golden ticket as far as host. Leslie Jones has already had experience hosting the BET Awards, and now it's time she tackle a bigger stage.
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What better person to roast all of Hollywood than the funny newcomer? Trevor Noah has established himself as a voice to listen to, especially in this day and age, and we wouldn't mind bringing his global brand of humor to Tinsel Town.
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Could the fifth time be a charm? Yup, it's true: Whoopi Goldberg has hosted the Oscars four times already. But like a true queen, the EGOT winner again reinvented herself as a political and social voice we love as she dishes out her no-nonsense opinions on The View. Can you imagine Goldberg keeping it all the way real on Oscars biggest night? We can.
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Will Smith had a real resurgence this year thanks to the way he uses Instagram and even YouTube. And after Ellen DeGeneres took the Oscars to another level a few years ago by taking that epic selfie, we're sure that Smith could do wonders on IG. And if he brought his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, out for a few bits?! I mean; we'd die.
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