After Kevin Hart debacle, who should host Oscars? Tiffany Haddish, The Rock, Robert Downey Jr?

The Oscars is facing a major crisis because Kevin Hart is stepping down as the awards show host, several days after he got the gig.

To some critics, Hart wasn’t the right choice in the first place. While he might be funny, entertaining and topical, he also lacked a certain graciousness and broad appeal needed to host a globally televised show that’s ultimately about celebrating Hollywood. On Thursday night, the stand-up comedian announced he was stepping down because of another reason he wasn’t the right choice. Comic tweets about LGBTQ people, which relied on a lot of angry, homophobic stereotypes, emerged from eight years ago.

While Hart said his attitudes and comedy have evolved in the years since, he initially refused to apologized in an Instagram post. But an hour later, he announced that he was stepping down via Twitter, saying he didn’t want to be “a distraction.” He also apologized for “hurting people.”

So now the Academy needs to scramble to find a host ASAP, with the show scheduled for Feb. 24. Perhaps it should consider some entertainers whose names were floated as potentially suitable hosts earlier this week, before the Hart debacle. Here are some of those names:

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph

The comic duo of Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph was “the bright spot in last year’s otherwise exhaustive Oscars telecast,” the Guardian wrote. The women came on to announce the awards for documentary and live-action short with an extended gag that infused the ceremony “with much-need self-mockery.” The Independent also noted that Haddish has been on “a hot streak” since “Girls Trip” in 2017 and has hosted the MTV Awards.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — aka Kay & Peele. 

Key & Peele 

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the former hosts of the brilliant sketch-comedy show, have popped up on a couple of critics’ lists. The Guardian said the two always have had a wonderful rapport, while Vulture noted that one half of the duo now has Oscars gravitas, with Peele winning the original screenplay Oscar for “Get Out” in 2018.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, possibly with Emily Blunt 

The “Hamilton” creator and star is known for his song-and-dance showmanship. He’s also been a charming presence on the press tour with Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.” A mark in their favor, according to Vulture, is that their film is being released by the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC, the network broadcasting the Oscars.

Robert Downey Jr.
Vulture notes that Downey is another Disney-connected star, with his Ironman roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. He’s also a Hollywood heavyweight with an engaging presence who could lure in the 18-to-34-year-old male demographic. Moreover, Chris Evans endorsed his “Avengers” co-star with a tweet that garnered 244,000 likes.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 
Johnson is another massively popular star with charisma and an affable, upbeat presence. Vulture added that he, too, has a Disney movie, “Jungle Cruise,” coming out in 2020.

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

The pair may not be as widely known as some of the other contenders, but they were acclaimed for astutely hosting the Film Independent Spirit Awards, where they addressed Hollywood’s s****l harassment scandal with “ruthless gags” about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and Louis CK, the Independent said.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

The former “Saturday Night Live” co-stars have hosted the Golden Globes three times, winning over critics, TV audiences and stars in the room with their “winning combination of outrageous digs at famous faces and self-deprecating good humor,” the Independent said.

Source: Mercury news
After Kevin Hart debacle, who should host Oscars? Tiffany Haddish, The Rock, Robert Downey Jr?