Dwayne Johnson says he was ‘first choice’ to host the Oscars but ‘couldn’t make it work’

Dwayne Johnson says he was ‘first choice’ to host the Oscars but ‘couldn’t make it work’

The Oscars just about bought to scent what the Rock is cooking.

Dwayne Johnson tweeted Wednesday that he was the Academy of Movement Photograph Arts and Sciences’ “first choice” to host the Oscars this calendar year but “couldn’t make it work” due to the fact he’s chaotic doing work on a sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Responding to a supporter who threw out his identify for the hosting work, Johnson wrote, “Ah mahalo dude, I was their initially option to host this year, and my objective was to make it the most enjoyable and entertaining Oscars ever. We all tried out tough, but could not make it get the job done because I’m capturing Jumanji. Academy and I ended up super bummed but maybe 1 working day down the highway.”

A rep for the Academy, which organizes the Oscars, did not promptly respond to EW’s ask for for remark.

Kevin Hart, who costarred with Johnson in Welcome to the Jungle (itself a sequel to 1995’s Jumanji), was formerly named as this year’s Oscar host but stepped down right after homophobic tweets he had prepared in the earlier were resurfaced. Hart apologized for his prior remarks in a tweet shortly after he dropped out, and yet again on his Sirius XM radio demonstrate, Straight from The Hart.

In its place of finding a substitute, the Oscars will as a substitute be devoid of a host this 12 months. Kerry Burke, the new ABC Leisure president, said Hart’s substantial-profile departure has essentially been a boon to the Oscars mainly because it has kept the demonstrate “in the discussion.”

“It’s really powerful. Men and women actually treatment,” she informed reporters during the Wintertime Television Critics Association Push Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

The 91st Once-a-year Academy Awards will air stay Feb. 24 on ABC at eight p.m. ET.