- Oct 26, 2015
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed that he turned down the opportunity to host this year's Oscars ceremony.
In a new interview with THR, Johnson said he got a call asking him to host the upcoming Academy Awards, and that he met with the telecast's producers multiple times.
“We didn't campaign for it, but it came and I was over the moon and one of those calls where I said, I'm going to have to call you back," Johnson told THR. "I just paused in my silence and was like, thank you so much, and then immediately my brain started going, we'll do this kind of number and that.”
Johnson said it was ultimately his commitment to two films — Hobbs and Shaw and the Jumanji sequel — that prevented him from being available for the job.
Johnson revealed he had begun assembling a team to plan performance numbers for the show.
“We were going to turn the Oscars on their head this year and make it something special and unique and different, and start a new era of how Oscars are going to be enjoyed,” Johnson told THR.
Comedian Kevin Hart, coincidentally Johnson's costar in the Jumanji series, was announced as the host back in December. After homophobic tweets of his resurfaced, Hart stepped down.
The Oscars will go hostless for the first time in 30 years. The Academy is reportedly trying to assemble high-profile presenters, including much of the cast of the Avengers, to make up for the lack of a traditional host. The Oscars will air on ABC on Feb. 24.