Pete Davidson is reportedly unlikely to host the 2022 Oscars, which airs on ABC, due to his relationship with Saturday Night Live and NBC.
There’s a reason Pete Davidson is unlikely to host 2022 Oscars. The Oscars have been broadcast without a host for the past three years. After Kevin Hart resigned from the post after being under fire for old homophobic tweets, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to go without a host for the first time since 1989. That model proved to be a success for ABC, which continued the show without a host for the next two years.
AMPAS recently announced that 2022 Oscars will have a host. This comes after Glen Weiss was hired to direct the show for the seventh year in a row. The prestigious awards show is a regular feature of broadcast television and has been the most anticipated event of the year in the film industry. Last year, ABC saw its lowest ratings ever for the awards ceremony, even with pandemic standards. AMPAS is looking for new ways to renew interest in the program and gain viewership, with Davidson being a top candidate for the position.
According to Variety, the odds for the Davidson host are very low. Oscars air on ABC, and Davidson is strongly associated with the NBC brand as a member of Saturday Night Live. Davidson hosting would essentially promote a rival network. The comedian / actor in particular received praise for recently hosting Miley Cyrus’ New Year’s Eve special. Although his profile is quite high at the moment, ABC is probably more willing to stay within the Disney umbrella in terms of host choice.
The academy recently released a tweet asking fans who they want to host the Oscars, and the answers have ranged from Elmo to Dionne Warwick. A high-profile candidate for the host job making waves on social media is Tom Holland. Spider-Man: No Way Home broke ticket records and he’s actually contracted under the Disney umbrella. Many are hesitant about this choice, as many Oscar hosts have been comedians with many years of improv experience. The Netherlands, however, has certainly charmed audiences with its interviews and talk show appearances over the years.
In addition, many have wondered whether the star trio of Only murder in the building, Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin, will be asked to sign the duty. The show received a positive reception on Hulu and continues to receive various prestigious nominations. The host must be able to draw in high viewership. The safest option is to choose someone who is likeable and who can add value to the event experience. There is currently no information on when AMPAS will announce the host. However, the nominations will be announced in February, and the event takes place on March 27, so the host could be announced any day now.
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