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John Legend Calls Hosting the Oscars a ‘thankless job’ but Wouldn’t Turn Down the Gig

*John Legend called hosting the Oscars a “thankless job” but said he and wife Chrissy Teigen haven’t ruled out hosting the show.

“I feel like it’s a thankless job. Nobody really wins from hosting the Oscars,” Legend said at the Fred Segal Loves Ralph Lauren pop-up space on Monday. “It doesn’t really end up great for anybody … I’m not saying we’re ruling it out.”

On Dec. 7, Teigen tweeted suggestions on who should host Oscars… such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ellen DeGeneres or Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

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“I like some of her suggestions. I thought they were cool,” Legend told The Hollywood Reporter. He added that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Wanda Sykes would be two of his picks for the job. So far, the Academy has not asked him to host.

Kevin Hart was initially tapped as host of the upcoming Oscars, but he stepped down after past tweets resurfaced of the comic using homophobic slurs.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” Hart said on Twitter. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

Variety, citing people familiar with the situation, reported on Monday that the Academy is exploring if it could hold the Oscars without a host.

The Oscar ceremony is set to be held Feb. 24.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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