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Oscars 2019: Dwayne Johnson claims he was Academy's first choice as host

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has claimed that The Academy choice him as the first choice candidate for 2019 Oscars ceremony.

Taking to social media, Johnson revealed that he was in line after a fan recommended him for the job. “If the Academy is so inclined to line up a great host for next year’s Oscars, just pick @TheRock. Nuff said,” on fan Tweeted.

Responding to the fan suggestion, Johnson explained that he was unable to step up this year because of his working schedule: “Ah mahalo dude, I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal was to make it the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever. We all tried hard, but couldn’t make it work since I’m shooting Jumanji,” he said.

He added: “Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road.”

The news comes after the most chaotic hosting recruitment process in recent Oscars history. Far Out revealed yesterday that for the first time 30 years the Oscars will remain host-less after Kevin Hart stepped own.

The controversy has rumbled on since comedian Kevin Hart was forced to walk away from hosting duties 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.

Despite his defiance, hours later a tweet followed from Hart in which he has now decided to step down from the role: “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars,” he wrote.

More confusion came in the weeks after Hart’s decision to walk away as a strong social media campaign from fellow comedian Ellen DeGeneres attempted to convince Hart to return.