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It's been over a week since Kevin Hart quit the Oscars and the search for a new host--or potentially even no host--has commenced. Sandra Bullock has been in the acting business for years and has been to her share of awards ceremonies. She recently told Hoda Kotb on Today that she understands why no one wants to take the reins.
It's a thankless job. No matter who does it. You get excited and then by the end they're like, 'It was long.' You're meant to make fun of people. It's always going to go long. Book the Oscars for four and a half hours and just let it be. And if it ends early, fantastic, have a backup.
In fact, according to Sandra Bullock, perhaps no one should take the reins on the property, considering that no matter what tact hosts seem to take and what types of comedy they try and throw in, there are complaints and criticisms from the audience.
During the Today segment, the actress also joked that she would be the auspicious talent taking on the huge event this year, saying,
It's me, it's me, surprise! Everyone's like, 'Oh that's not going to be very good.' It's gonna be amazing. I mean, I need to talk about Meryl like everyone else. I need to make tasteless jokes, but only three.
Lest you get too excited, she's clearly teasing. However, Sandra Bullock as the host of the Oscars in 2019 could be kind of fun, truly. Still, it's clear from the clip that she's really just not interested (even if she does have the format down pat).
She's not the only one. Plenty of celebrities have been open about why hosting the Oscars doesn't seem super appealing. Both Steve Harvey--who has hosted plenty of stuff before--and Oprah have said they aren't particularly interested. Jerry Seinfeld has also been open about Kevin Hart losing the gig. Seth MacFarlane has also talked candidly about why people really don't want the Oscars gig.
There's been some talk that the 2019 Academy Awards could go rogue, meaning there would be no host. In that world, the Oscars would simply feature "buzzy people" to keep the show propelling forward through its lengthy run. I have no idea what that would look like, but it is an idea that seems to be on the table at this point.
Granted, there's nothing to be worried about in regards to who will or won't host yet. The Oscars don't even air on TV until February 24, which means the show has a few months to figure out what it wants to do. In that time, a lot could change and we will keep you posted every step of the way.
In the meantime, the Globes recently got awards season really rolling with its own nominations; be sure to take a look at the full list.