Wait, what!? Dwayne Johnson says he was offered Oscars hosting gig

The Feb 24 ceremony will feature celebrities presenting the awards along with plans for “a pretty exciting opening”

"Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road", he added.

"We can confirm that there will be no host", a spokesperson from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences told AFP without elaborating. "The mystery has been really compelling and people really care".

On Tuesday, the new ABC Entertainment president, Karey Burke, confirmed that the 2019 Academy Awards will be held without a host for the first time in several decades.

As it turned out, his dream for next year's Oscars wasn't out of the realm of possibility.

Burke's worries about the host-less February 24 ceremony have vanished as it comes together with a "phenomenal" line-up of presenters, she told a TV critics meeting.

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"There wasn't a messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation". "It's fascinating. We're going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated. We all got on board with that".

Hart, 39, apologized for his past comments in a tweet after stepping down as Oscars host and during his SiriusXM radio show Straight from The Hart in early January.

In December, Comedian Kevin Hart pulled out from hosting the ceremony following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

Burke is also confident in the show's current no-hosts strategy, which she thinks will keep the telecast moving and also help the network keep the runtime to under three hours, allowing East Coast viewers to go to bed at a reasonable hour. "The producers, I think, wisely chose to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars". The other thing to keep in mind is that Johnson and Hart, co-stars in both Jumanji and Central Intelligence, have a friendly rivalry going on in the public eye, usually over social media.

The Academy Awards are set to air live at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. on ABC.

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