Tuesday, December 04, 2018
With the 91st Academy Awards less than three months away, producer Donna Gigliotti has yet to line up an emcee, but don't blame her -- it's a gig that almost no one should want. Take a look at the performers who've embraced show business' most perilous assignment, and the failure rate is enough to give even that rock climber vertigo. Ever since Billy Crystal passed the baton in 2004, the Academy has struggled to find the right anchor, and nobody has been willing to run the gantlet more than twice. Among the two-timers: Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart -- most of whom have vowed never to do it again (though "never" has a certain elasticity in Hollywood).
The need to win over so many constituents has put off some of the best candidates, who see little upside in taking on a job that pays only low six figures but requires weeks of work; that usually results in a media flaying; and that does little to boost the host's profile.
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