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The Oscars Almost Had the Perfect Dad-Host, But He Backed Out

His reason is pretty valid.


Kevin Hart wasn’t the only celebrity asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. According to a Twitter post by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he was also offered the gig but turned it down because he’s too busy.

“Ah mahalo dude, I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal was to make it the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever,” the former WWE star tweeted on Wednesday, in response to a fan who suggested he host the awards show.

Johnson then gave his reason for backing out of the position, saying, “We all tried hard, but couldn’t make it work since I’m shooting Jumanji. Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road.”

In a follow-up tweet, the 46-year-old actor implied he also had some pretty awesome entertainment planned for the show. “I think you know the kind of fun I was gonna have (and make the audience have),” adding the hashtag “#RockConcert10Point0.”

And while fans would have loved to see The Rock onstage at the Oscars, the dad of three has enough on his plate between filming the upcoming action flick and being the best father he can be to his daughters, which he has often said one of his biggest priorities.

After Johnson aborted the role, Academy then offered it to Hart, who interestingly enough is Johnson’s co-star in Jumanji. Hart initially accepted the title of host but eventually gave it up due to the controversy surrounding homophobic tweets from the comedian.

With both Johnson and Hart turning down the gig, the Academy announced Tuesday that the 91st Academy Awards, which will be held on February 24, will not have an official host.