Lena Waithe wants someone ‘black and funny’ to host Oscars 2019

Lena Waithe wants someone 'black and funny' to host Oscars 2019

Lena Waithe has called on the Academy to choose somebody black and funny to host the 2019 Oscars.

Waith’s comments come after comedian Kevin Hart pulled out of hosting the Oscars 2019 after a series of homophobic tweets he posted between 2009-2011 were circulated online.

In an interview with Variety, Waithe has called on the Academy to give the hosting duty to a black person.

“Let Donald Glover do it,” she said. “Donald would be dope. He’d be funny. I would like that. Let’s make sure [whoever hosts], they’re black.”

She also suggested Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy as alternatives to Kevin Hart.

Lena Waithe finished by saying that she hopes whoever is selected is both “black” and “funny.”

Kevin Hart’s homophobic tweets

The Academy has not yet announced a replacement for Kevin Hart after he announced last Thursday that he was stepping aside after homophobic tweets were uncovered.

The tweets – which were posted between 2009-2011 – saw Hart using homophobic slurs and mocking LGBT+ people.

He also repeatedly used the word “gay” as an insult.

The tweets were unearthed and shared widely online last week after he announced on Instagram that he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars.

The tweets resulted in a huge online backlash, which ultimately prompted Hart to announce that he would not be hosting the awards ceremony after all.

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