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John Legend Not Ruling Out Hosting the Oscars

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John Legend arrives at the Oscars on Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

John Legend said he and wife Chrissy Teigen haven’t ruled out hosting the Oscars.

“I feel like it’s a thankless job. Nobody really wins from hosting the Oscars,” he said at the Fred Segal Loves Ralph Lauren pop-up space on Monday. “It doesn’t really end up great for anybody ... I’m not saying we’re ruling it out.”

He spoke at the shop’s “A Legendary Shopping Night” with his LVE wine and Teigen's cookbook on hand, while his Christmas songs played at the Sunset Boulevard shop.

On Dec. 7, Teigen tweeted that she had not been asked to host the awards show and began naming suggestions like Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ellen DeGeneres or Anne Hathaway and James Franco.    

"I like some of her suggestions. I thought they were cool," Legend told The Hollywood Reporter. He added that The Rock or Wanda Sykes would be two of his picks for the job and didn’t say whether the Academy has asked him to host.   

The Academy initially named Kevin Hart the 2019 Oscars host, which sparked a widespread backlash after past tweets resurfaced of Hart using homophobic slurs. Hart eventually stepped down from the role on Dec. 6.

At first, the comedian refused a demand from the Academy to apologize. He explained on social media that the Academy gave him an ultimatum to either apologize for the old posts or to step down from the position. After mounting pressure, Hart officially withdrew from his Oscars gig. 

The Academy has not yet named a new host for the 2019 Oscars on Feb. 24. Jimmy Kimmel hosted in 2018.

This article originally appeared in THR.com.

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