Whoopi Goldberg is speaking out against the idea that the Academy Awards forgo a host at the 2019 ceremony — and is offering to do the job herself.
Sources told Variety that skipping a host is one of the plans that the Academy is considering after Kevin Hart dropped out of hosting the Oscars.
“A bunch of huge celebs, something SNL style, and buzzy people” could replace the post that Hart was going to fill, sources told the publication.
Goldberg says that’s a dumb idea. On The View, the veteran comedian and Oscar winner gave her opinion and also left the door open for her return. She hosted the Oscars in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002.
“If you want to go host-less, that’s your prerogative,” she said. “I think it’s a dumb idea because people need somebody to take them through things and to take care of things when they happen. Now I realize I may not be anybody’s first choice, but….”
She paused to take a sip of her tea.
“I’m also problematic,” she added. “Half of the country sometimes is really mad at me, the other half is okay until tomorrow, and then they’re pissed at me.”
If Goldberg does get the job, she has a seal of approval from co-host Meghan McCain.
“You all think I’m a hardcore conservative, right?” McCain said on The View. “I endorse Whoopi as the host. So people on my side, please do not come for her.”
Meanwhile while on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, she said Ken Jeong should actually be the one to host the upcoming ceremony.
The actress insisted Jeong would be “brilliant” and would be the first Asian-American to present the Oscars.
The 91st Academy Awards take place Feb. 24.
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