Oscars 2018 poll: Who should host for the first time? Justin Timberlake, Kate McKinnon, Ricky Gervais, Samantha Bee …

As the dust continues to settle on this weekend’s Academy Awards, let’s look ahead to the 2018 Oscars. Specifically, who should next year’s producers choose to host if they decide to go with a first-timer? Two of the past three emcees — Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rockreturned from prior stints, while this year’s scene-stealer Jimmy Kimmel was an Oscar host virgin. Take our poll below to let us know who’d be the best newbie to host the show next February. (Another poll will follow soon offering possible returning hosts.)

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One of the stand-out personalities from Sunday’s Oscars is the multi-talented Justin Timberlake. A Best Song nominee for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (“Trolls”), Timberlake has proven himself over the years with great hosting efforts on “Saturday Night Live,” for which he even won two Emmys.

Speaking of “SNL,” no one is having a better year than Kate McKinnon. She’s perhaps best known for her Emmy-winning Hillary Clinton impersonation, but McKinnon also had us laughing in the summer remake of “Ghostbusters” and as an Oscar presenter this weekend —  Oscar host next?

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Should producers go with proven ringleaders from other awards shows, like former Golden Globe hosts Ricky Gervais or Tina Fey & Amy Poehler? Keep in mind that it’s unlikely Kimmel’s late night rivals Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon or Seth Meyers will emcee the Oscars since ABC officials have proven to be opposed to that idea in recent years.

Speaking of late night hosts, we have a feeling ABC might make an exception for Samantha Bee to host the Oscars. She’s on the rise within the industry thanks to her very public take-downs of President Donald Trump every week on TBS’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”

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Comedians at the top of their games would be a welcome addition, including Margaret Cho, Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, and the team of Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele.

They might select a charming prior Oscar nominee such as Robert Downey Jr., Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy or Oprah Winfrey. And Academy Awards champs like Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep could really work the stage to great effect.

26 thoughts on “Oscars 2018 poll: Who should host for the first time? Justin Timberlake, Kate McKinnon, Ricky Gervais, Samantha Bee …

  1. I voted for Tina & Amy but I’d like to see James Corden on this list. His monologue and spoof about the Best Picture mishap is the funniest take I’ve seen so far about the whole thing.

  2. Ricky Gervais would be thoroughly entertaining… as always. Plus he would ruffle a not of feathers. Which is always engertaining.

  3. Ricky Gervais makes it so entertaining that the Whole show then becomes WORTH watching! The suspense Ricky brings to this glitzy show injects a real reality check!

  4. If I may add to the conversation:

    James Corden would be great as I stated above, he is positive, cool, fun, enthusiastic and has a quick comeback to everything and knows the show industry in and out. Not mentioning he can sing and act if there is a need for.

    Ricky is boring already in this role and Tina and Amy tastes would the same as Ricky.

    I love Bill Burr but he would just crush everyone drop the mic and go home. May be to harsh for this audience.

    Louise CK does not seem to fit in this surrounding.

    The big guns like Meryl, Tom, or Kevin (Kevin might be up to it) seem to rather enjoy sitting and relaxing. RDJ would probably fall asleep on stage.
    Queen Latifah might be a good choice, however she is too politically correct for me. One would want at least some harsh jokes in there, that is why Ricky became so dear to so many.
    Melissa McCarthy is a good question. I really like her, although not sure if she can easily live up to the challenge. And that is what you would want here.

    I think you need someone who is in some sense larger than the challenge, that is why Amy Schumer or Kevin Hart just wouldn’t cut it for me.

    I personally would not chose by how politically outspoken someone is. If one makes political statements -fine, that’s awesome, if not – also cool. It’s about entertainment, politics is just and extra. Don’t push it, it might backfire.

    I am sorry that ABC is against choosing from late night hosts because one obvious candidate would be James Corden.

    Again, he is witty, positive and intelligent, plus he is not famous for his looks, hence representing the right values and diversity.

    Trevor Noah would be cool too. Also not on the list :(.


  5. Anyone who would not spend the entire evening bashing the President. A couple of jokes would be fine, but not non-stop like Jimmy Kimmel did. It’s a night for celebrating entertainers, not political opinions.
    Anyway, I think Kevin Spacey would be a good choice. He is extremely talented and funny and, perhaps most important, since it is telecast in many countries, he has a certain dignity that portrays America in a good light.

  6. I would a agree with James Corden but sadly he’s as funny as shitting blood so i’d have to vote someone else.

    Ricky has to be the one, he is quick witted, he laughs at himself but totally rips the othe celebs to bits in a way that’s on the brink of going over the line but not quite and so it’s not too over the top “aren’t actors amazing” kinda thing.

  7. Samantha Bee! Bring the light, bring the heat, and she’s a smart cookie. It’ll never happen, and I have a feeling she’d refuse them if asked anyhow – not her scene.

    So. Key & Peele would be great (no chance) and Kate McKinnon could probably pull this off well (again, no chance).

    We’re gonna have another safe choice. Kimmel probably gets another crack, along with Ellen.

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