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Dwayne Johnson says he was ‘first choice’ for Oscars host, but was too busy on ‘Jumanji 2’

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Dwayne Johnson says he was ‘first choice’ for Oscars host, but was too busy on ‘Jumanji 2’

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The Rock could have totally rescued the Oscars from its host crisis, action-hero style.

But Dwayne Johnson insists he was too busy on “Jumanji 2” after being the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ top pick to host the Feb. 24 show.

“I was their first choice to host this year,” Johnson said on Twitter Wednesday. “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.”http://www.usatoday.com/”

It was not to be. Johnson said both he and the Academy “were super bummed” that it couldn’t work out. 

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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. Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road 🥃 https://t.co/eiiMuBNOzb

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 6, 2019

The Academy did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment on the Rock’s revelations.

What ended up happening is a sad tale of awards season woe.

Johnson’s “Jumanji 2” co-star Kevin Hart apparently did not have the same filming conflicts. The comedian accepted his lifelong dream of hosting the Oscars, but stepped down in December following a crisis stemming from his refusal to apologize for previous homophobic comments and tweets.

No one has stepped into the host spot. ABC confirmed Wednesday that the Oscars show will go on this year without a host, the first time since 1989.

Bummer for sure. But as Johnson said in his tweet, “Maybe one day down the road.”

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