Friday, September 08, 2006

Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars

by Jackrabbit Slim
The Oscar ceremony of 2007 has a host. I think the strategy is clear--the Academy and ABC have given up on attracting straight men, like they did with Chris Rock and Jon Stewart, and are firming up their base. I mean, do any straight men watch DeGeneres' show? I think she's capable, easier to take in small doses than over three hours. Anybody else have an opinion?


Blogger Nick said...

Boring, boring, boring choice. They really should go with Wilson-Vaughn team-up thing Wells suggested. Now that would be worth watching.

9/08/2006 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I actually suggested Degeneres as a safe pick for a host (along with Conan O'Brien) when Jon Stewart was announced last year.

I think Ellen will be great, she can do her thing without having to tone anything down (which is what made Stewart's and Rock's performances less-than-stellar). Wilson/Vaughn would be awesome but you have to be realistic. This is the Oscars, not the MTV Whatever Awards. They went as hip as they possibly could last year with Jon Stewart and they were rewarded with some of the lowest ratings ever, you can't fault them for going with a safe pick this time.

9/08/2006 03:53:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I would also like to add that at least it isn't Billy "did anyone ever think I was funny ever?" Crystal.

9/08/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous lora said...

I find Ellen to be a much better talk show host than stand-up comedian, so I'm rather apprehensive about the choice. I wish her well, but I don't know if it will be a huge draw.

9/09/2006 10:41:00 AM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

I find Billy Crystal to be a putz, but I will give him credit for hosting a good Oscar show. It's the only time I like him. He does that kind of shtick well. Letterma and Stewart made the mistake of just turning the Oscars into a special showing of their respective shows. However, I still think Steve Martin was the best host of the post-Carson era.

9/09/2006 03:13:00 PM  

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