Who Will Replace Kevin Hart As Oscars Host? 5 Suggestions For Hollywood's Big Night

Olivia Ovenden
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From Esquire

The nominees are yet to be announced but already the 90th Academy Awards ceremony has been embroiled in controversy. Yesterday Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting duties less than 24 hours after he was announced over homophobic tweets from his past were deleted from his account.

With no clear indication on who to replace him, here's a list of suggestions which might help with the Oscars increasingly plummeting ratings.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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In 90 years only three women have hosted the Oscars, a statistic which doesn't exactly inspire confidence about Hollywood's gender representation issues. Creator of cult comedy Fleabag and hugely successful drama Killing Eve, Waller-Bridge's brand of dark humour for darker times might give the ceremony an edge over some of the pantomime jokes it often strays into.

The British actress originally performed Fleabag as part of the Edinburgh Fringe festival and has appeared in a number of plays, showing she can handle the stage. As well as being immensely well liked and respected, her two consecutive hits show Waller-Bridge is attuned to the public mood.

Donald Glover

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This year alone Glover has had a number one single and won a string of awards for the second season of his critically acclaimed show Atlanta, which treads the line between comedy and drama brilliantly. Glover started his career writing for 30 Rock and doing stand-up comedy - reassuring news for anyone fearing his type of humour might be a bit too surreal for a mainstream audience.

Since the #OscarsSoWhite controversy the Academy has made some attempts to diversify the academy members who decide the award recipients. While there has been some progress in terms of the wins for the likes of Mahershala Ali and Barry Jenkins, the fact is the person on screen for the most time on the evening is the host, and in the history of the Oscars only four of them have been black.

Michael Moore


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Sure, you've heard a lot of political posturing at award ceremonies of late. But you've still never heard anything quite so vitriolic as Michael Moore's infamous speech about George Bush which he gave when receiving an Oscar in 2003.

These days Moore remains unafraid to speak the ugly truth about both sides of the political spectrum and was one of the few people to call the 2016 election, guessing the exact states Trump would later take in the biggest political shock in our lifetime. Having Moore lead the ceremony would put everyone in the firing line and produce some excruciatingly awkward television, which might just make people tune in.

Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph

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Widely regarded as one of the few genuinely amusing appearances at the 2018 Oscars, comedy actresses Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph's skit while presenting an award saw the pair tipped to host next year's ceremony.

Whether the Girls Trip star and SNL alum would actually want to host the show is another matter but the pair proved it was possible to bring a more relatable type of humour to the ceremony, with jokes about having been in the same pair of stilettos since the Critics' Choice Awards and Haddish getting starstruck at seeing Meryl Streep. The last duo to host the ceremony were the appallingly received James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011, perhaps it's time to split the pressure of hosting again - only this time between people with genuine chemistry.

Chrissy Teigen

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Regardless of your thoughts on the Teigen, her 10.7m Twitter followers and endlessly re-tweeted jokes prove that she's the comedienne of the moment and of the people. Though it might be hard to get her to agree - she famously fell asleep at the 2017 ceremony - she would likely inspire for many young people to watch the Oscars who have abandoned broadcast television in droves.

As a celebrity who actually interacts with the public all day via Twitter, she might finally be the one to end the awful tradition of the ceremonies laughing at the public for a viral moment, such as last year when Jimmy Kimmel abducted a load of celebrities to invade a local cinema with hotdog cannons.

Truthfully, whoever can end that tiresome trend has our vote.

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