Actress Betty Gabriel has called for The Academy to appoint Tiffany Haddish as the host for the 2019 Oscars.
Gabriel, best known for playing the role of Georgina in Jordan Peele’s film Get Out, has urged The Academy to turn to a “beautiful and funny woman” to replace Kevin Hart.
Hart was forced to walk away from the role after a series of homophobic tweets and a string of anti-gay jokes made during his stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago emerged. Hart attempted to delete all the aforementioned tweets during the day and initially refused to step down from his position as MC, posting a video on Instagram, saying: “My team calls me, ‘Oh my God, Kevin, everyone’s upset by tweets you did years ago,’” he said in that video.
As no new name has been announced to host the 91st Academy Awards, Gabriel said: “I’d love to see a woman host the Oscars,” when asked about her thoughts in a new interview with Page Six. “Often times I don’t watch the Oscars because I say this isn’t for me. But if you get a host that really relates everything to you and bridges that gap and makes you care about the really phenomenal stories. No matter who they have in them.”
She added: “Yeah, I’d love to see a beautiful woman, who’s also funny, hmm,” she said while attempting to think of a suitable name. “Is it too soon for Tiffany Haddish? I don’t think so. It’s really great art. And hopefully the more we go down this path, the more it’ll include all of us.”
Haddish is an American comedian and actress who has built a solid reputation after her roles as Jackie in the first season of the OWN television drama If Loving You Is Wrong. On top of that, Haddish appeared in the 2016 comedy film Keanu before getting her big break as Dina in the 2017 film Girls Trip.