The Rock Passed on Hosting the Oscars Due to ‘Jumanji’ Sequel Schedule

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Dwayne Johnson has said he was "first choice" to host the Academy Awards but admits he couldn't commit to the gig because he was filming Jumanji 2.

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official Twitter handle revealed the star-studded nominees class photo and almost all the nominees of this year had gathered for a celebratory luncheon.

Writing on Twitter, The Rock said he wanted to make this year's Oscars broadcast the "most fun and entertaining Oscars ever".

'We all tried hard, but couldn't make it work since I'm shooting Jumanji.

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The 91st annual Academy Awards will officially forgo a host on Hollywood's biggest night later this month, according to ABC's new entertainment chief Karey Burke, whose network will broadcast the ceremony.

This year's Oscar ceremony will go ahead without an official host for only the second time in its history, an ABC television executive said on Tuesday.

The decision was taken after Hart's withdrawal, she said. "The mystery is really compelling".

Burke's worries about the host-less February 24 ceremony have vanished as it comes together with a "phenomenal" line-up of presenters, she told a TV critics meeting.

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Hart, 39, apologized for his past comments in a tweet after stepping down as Oscars host and during his SiriusXM radio show Straight from The Hart in early January.

She added the show will be kept to three hours after a lengthy awards show in 2018.

In December, Comedian Kevin Hart pulled out from hosting the ceremony following a controversy over homophobic tweets. "There are big popular movies being nominated". "Producers wisely chose to not to have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be the stars, and that be the best way to keep the show at a brisk three hours".

The Oscars are set to air on ABC at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 24.

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