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Odds Say Whoopi Goldberg Will Host the 2019 Oscars

JJ De La Torre

by JJ De La Torre in Entertainment

Feb 22, 2019 · 2:11 PM PST

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Whoopi Goldberg to no stranger to awards events. Photo by Disney | ABC Television Group (flickr) [CC License].
  • Many are speculating that Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg may step in to host the Oscars.
  • Goldberg has hosted the Oscars four times during her career.
  • Goldberg has been noticeably absent in her role on the television talk show The View.

Call it a Hollywood miracle at the eleventh hour. Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood A-lister, co-host of The View, and Academy Award winner herself, may just step in as a last minute host for this Sunday’s Oscars broadcast.

The Oscars has been a dog’s breakfast of controversy, drama, and changes this year.

With viewership on the decline over the last half decade or so, it seems The Academy is doing anything and everything to make the show a hot ticket again. Adding in Whoopi may help the cause.

Odds Whoopi Goldberg Hosts the 2019 Oscars

Will Whoopi Goldberg Host the 2019 Oscars? Odds
Yes (Goldberg Must Announce Presenters From Stage) -140
No +100

*Odds taken on 02/22/19

Goldberg has been noticeably absent from her regular hosting duties as one of the panel on The View. With Goldberg’s View chair being filled by a rotating roster, many are speculating what she might do next.

According to the Academy’s website, Whoopi is officially slated to hand out an Oscar this Sunday. But now the rumor mill is suggesting that Whoopi will be doing a little more than giving out just one trophy.

Whoopi is officially slated to hand out an Oscar this Sunday.

Fans have also noted that Whoopi Goldberg is the only previous Oscars host scheduled to appear as a presenter this Sunday, helping drive these curiosities further.

It’s possible that Goldberg has spent the last several weeks behind the scenes preparing to host.

Despite The View co-host Joy Behar insisting that Goldberg is off with pneumonia, fans believe the timing is just too perfect for it to be a coincidence.

A Hollywood Tradition

Goldberg has been the official host of the Oscars four times before, as recently as 2001. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Whoopi in the hosting seat, and given her great success in that role, she’s overdue.

Of course, all this rumor about Whoopi as a host comes after months and months of drama surrounding the hosting of the Oscars, beginning when original host Kevin Hart pulled out after a scandal of old tweets had him in hot water.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Whoopi in the hosting seat, and given her great success in that role, she’s overdue.

The plan for this year’s ceremony was to be a host-free version of the Oscars, which has been done only five times before, as recently as 1989. But seeing Hollywood legend Whoopi Goldberg step in as a surprise once the show starts would not only be a welcome addition, it’d be historical.

Pick: Yes (-140)

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