Less than 48 hours after his name was announced as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down from the gig in the wake of controversy over the comedian’s past anti-LGBTQ comments. Hart’s departure from the high-profile gig has left the Academy scrambling to find a new host for the 91st edition of the Oscars, which will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, on ABC.
Who should step up to take his place? Here are our six suggestions for potential replacements.
The Emmy-winning, two-time Golden Globe nominee is a slam dunk for the honor. Not only is McCarthy earning some of her biggest raves for her serious turn in the biographical dramedy Can You Ever Forgive Me?, but her killer turns on late night TV and on SNL, as well as extensive experience as an improv comedian are proof that she’s got all the skills needed to kill the gig.
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon
It’s about time these two brought their bromance to the biggest stage in Hollywood. This one has everything: they’re both singers, both great at physical comedy, Fallon is a late night host (the traditional go-to for awards show hosts), they can dance and do sketch work…and neither of them have disqualifying skeletons in their closets. Plus, they’re just adorable together.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
Normally you don’t want a host who is likely to be nominated (and who are we kidding? maybe win) a number of the night’s major awards leading the broadcast, but there is no denying the love affair audiences have had with this dynamic duo this year. They’ve got great timing, a broad appeal to both men and women, young and not-so-young, and can you imagine the musical numbers?
Yes, the comedian is pregnant, but if you’ve seen Ali Wong rock a stage and a bump, well, you know it’s a thing. Schumer has just the kind of acerbic, Hollywood-lacerating wit that could kill in the notoriously hard-to-crack Oscars room — and you know she would pull no punches.
Have you seen Tiff? She can move, she’s got jokes, is not worried about what you think, and has a heart of gold. (She might have a Grammy, soon, too.)
The Difficult People/Billy on the Street star has made a career of telling the kinds of biting, A-list-targeting guided missile jokes that would fit perfectly into the host monologue. Plus, he would just the second openly gay man to take on the gig.