The Rock Says He Was The First Choice To Host The Oscars

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The comedian stepped down in December, just hours after he was announced as the host, after homophobic tweets he posted nearly eight years ago resurfaced.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson claims he was "first choice" to host the Academy Awards but was too busy to take the job.

Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Evans and Constance Wu are among them.

It was ultimately branded an "embarrassment" by some of Hollywood's finest, with 17 stars - including the likes of Dame Julie Andrews and Paul Newman - penning a letter to Oscar bosses over it.

Kevin Hart, who costarred with Johnson in Welcome to the Jungle (itself a sequel to 1995's Jumanji), was previously named as this year's Oscar host but stepped down after homophobic tweets he had written in the past were resurfaced.

Meanwhile, Bradley Cooper is set to make his award show singing debut at the Academy Awards when he takes to the stage with his "A Star Is Born" co-star, as the pair will perform their hit song "Shallow", which is taken from the movie and which is nominated for Best Original Song.

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According to History.com, the letter said, "The 61st Academy Awards show was an embarrassment to both the Academy and the entire motion picture industry".

The last time the Oscars went without a host was in 1989, when actor Rob Lowe was raked over the coals for his musical duet with Snow White. The actress whose name is Eileen Bowman participated with Lowe in the horrific musical number and a awful sketch that went on for 15 minutes.

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The decision arrives almost two months after original host Kevin Hart resigned for his past homophobic tweets.

Comedian Seth McFarlane who hosted the ceremony in 2013 explained to Entertainment Weekly, "Look, it's a gig that has all eyes on it".

Some people on Twitter think The Rock could be just trolling Hart here, considering the two often like to roast each other in some friendly banter, but this seems kinda genuine if you ask me.

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