No, Pete Davidson Is Not Hosting The Oscars, But The “Only Murders In The Building” Trio Are Being Considered

January 15, 2022 / Posted by:

The Oscars are scheduled to go down on March 22 (the nominations will be announced on February 8), and after going three years without a host, they have decided that this year’s ceremony will have one. The Academy “hypothetically” asked the people for their hosting ideas (the only correct answers being Charo & Dolly and Statler & Waldorf obviously), but there was a rumor that they were thinking of giving Pete Davidson the hosting job to bring in the youth. Judging by last year’s dried turd ratings, which were lower than my willpower in front of a box of See’s Candies, those tricks should focus on getting ANYBODY to watch.

But Pimp Mama Kris is not going to skyrocket into the universe after busting a geyser of excitement from seeing her #2 Koven member sitting in the front row at the Oscars between Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington, because although Pete was briefly considered, he isn’t going to get the gig. And Variety says that the Oscars people have gone from Only Desperation In The Building by considering Pete to putting the stars of Only Murders In The Building, Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short, at the top of their wish list.

Variety reports that there was a casual conversation between the Oscars people and Pete’s people, but he’s not getting the gig. Since Pete is on Saturday Night Live, he’s the NBC Peacock’s ho, and the Oscars, which airs on ABC, is looking to keep it in the Disney family. So producers have floated the idea to get the Only Murders trio to host since Steve and Martin are legends and they think Selena will bring in the kids. Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, says that those three are dream hosts but that the final decision will be made by Oscars producer Will Packer.

There has, however, been some momentum for an idea that would involve another millennial star: Selena Gomez, who could host with Steve Martin and Martin Short, her co-stars from “Only Murders in the Building,” creating a perfect moment of corporate Disney synergy for ABC and Hulu. Individuals involved with the Oscars telecast are intrigued by the idea of bringing together comedic legends (Martin has hosted the Oscars twice before) and one of the most popular young, multi-talented performers in Hollywood.

“I mean, they are an iconic trio,” Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich told Variety this week of Gomez, Martin and Short, touting the Hulu comedy. “They have mass appeal. Everybody loves them. They’d be a dream. That said, there’s a lot of incredible talent we’re considering. We’re having ongoing conversations with Will and the Academy about it.”

When the Academy asked Twitter for Oscar host ideas, Judd Apatow brought up Steve Martin and Martin Short. Steve responded to that by making a joke about this year’s host-less, audience-less, zombie Golden Globes:

Since the Academy is so desperate to get the youngins’ to watch, they should turn to TikTok and ask them to partake in The Watch All Forty Hours Of The Oscars Challenge. Although, I think the youngins’ would rather do The Lick A Porta-Potty Toilet Seat At A Chili Cook-Off Sponsored By Dulcolax Challenge than watch even a second of the Oscars.

Pic: Hulu

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