No Host Is Pure Enough to Host The Oscars

 

“My name is Oscarmandias, King of Entertainment;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

After months of searching for a host then chasing off the only person willing to try, the Academy has thrown in the gold lamé towelette. For the first time in the past three decades of The Oscars, the event will go hostless. From Variety:

Producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders. The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.

Oh, good — “Trump zingers.”

When comedian Kevin Hart was announced as the host last month, the woke mob attacked him over decade-old jokes now deemed homophobic. Hart had repeatedly apologized for these past sins, but the Academy insisted on another round of public groveling. Instead, he quit. Not every entertainer is willing to bend the knee to the comedy police.

Who would be your choice to host the Oscars? If he or she was chosen, would you even watch?

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  1. Thatcher

    They should have the President host the Oscars.

    • #1
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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  2. Member

    Mel. Mel Gibson. They can’t besmirch him any more than they already have.

    • #2
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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  3. Inactive

    Clint Eastwood. And his soliloquy to a chair.

    • #3
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    They should have the President host the Oscars.

    I’d watch that! Too funny.

    • #4
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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  5. Thatcher

    I’m sure the woke mob will be able to find plenty of real and imagined offenses committed by the crop of A-listers.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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  6. Thatcher

    No host? Why not? They’ve been getting by with no TV audience for years now.

    • #6
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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  7. Member

    There is only one choice who is guaranteed not to say anything problematic. It is time for Funnybot.

    • #7
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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  8. Inactive

    I just flew in from the coast and boy are my self-actuating mono-linear propulsion units tired.

    • #8
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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  9. Member

    Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.

     

    Failing that, Steve Martin.

    • #9
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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  10. Coolidge

    Drones. They love drones.

    • #10
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    JamesSalerno (View Comment):

    Drones. They love drones.

    Takes one to know one?

    • #11
    • January 9, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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  12. Coolidge

    How about Kim and Kayne ?
    He could wear his MAGA hat and she, well, basically nothing.
    He would do all of the talking while she takes selfies.
    Might attract an audience.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 3:55 pm
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  13. Coolidge

    They should ask Kevin back.

    And then he should tell them “Jam it”.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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  14. Member

    A comedy genius: Bill Belichick. He’ll be free by then and I guarantee the show won’t run over.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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  15. Reagan

    I don’t have an answer to your first question, who I’d choose. But your second is easy. No. I wouldn’t watch. Period.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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  16. Coolidge

    In a perfect world: Kill the ceremony, just have a dinner.

    If I have to have a host: Adam Carrolla is my vibe. I think you need someone with the willingness to attack the pompous atmosphere.

    if I’m them: Just ask James Corden to do a few carpool karaokes and give a lame monologue and an opening number that highlights his musical theater background. He’s harmless and woke

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Bob Hope and Johnny Carson.

     

    Failing that, Steve Martin.

    Best thing about Steve Martin is that he can’t hide his general contempt for the entire industry.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Best thing about Steve Martin is that he can’t hide his general contempt for the entire industry.

    I personally think it would be quite a step down for Happy Feet. He was pretty much as good as they get, to me.

    What about Tim Allen?

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Billy Crystal and if he’s too controversial by today’s standards, how about our own @daviddeeble – ok – he may be too mellow – – what is Jerry Seinfeld doing these days – can he still get a zinger in? No? Ok – let’s just really stir up a big, fat hornet’s nest and throw in someone where everyone is sure to soil their designer duds over – they may need to distribute old fashioned smelling salts, …Mark Steyn…..but it would be damn funny!

    PS Was there really a movie out this past year that deserves the coveted award?

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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  20. Inactive

    I love Steyn but wouldn’t he be just a little too cerebral for the event?

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    I love Steyn but wouldn’t he be just a little too cerebral for the event?

    Maybe just outlaw laughing and distribute free flu shots like they did at The Golden Globes.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    Was there really a movie out this past year that deserves the coveted award?

    Gosnell.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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  23. Member

    TY for making me laugh. Last night’s Pelosi & Schumer meme and “the Academy has thrown in the gold lamé towelette” are great tonics. After watching & reading most of the media reports last night humor is greatly appreciated. 

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    • January 9, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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  24. Thatcher

    Jon,

    I have no idea what you are talking about. Why the Oscars will be stellar. I can’t wait.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • January 9, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Who would be your choice to host the Oscars?

    Mel Brooks

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: If he or she were chosen, would you even watch?

    Probably not.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    They should have the President host the Oscars.

    I’m sure Obama has better things to do. 

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    • January 9, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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  27. Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Who would be your choice to host the Oscars? If he or she was chosen, would you even watch?

    Just get Billy Crystal to do it. He’s done it like 100 times before so he’s a pro, and everyone likes him. 

     

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    • January 9, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    I’m sure Obama has better things to do. 

    I’m sure he does, but like what?

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    • January 9, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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  29. Thatcher

    Pat Sajac. He’s ours.

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    • January 9, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    They should have the President host the Oscars.

    Highest rating evah. 

    • #30
    • January 9, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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