Pete Davidson will not host the Oscars in 2022

This week, ABC announced that there would be a host for the 2022 Oscars. Soon after, reports surfaced that Pete Davidson was in talks with Oscar producers to host.

Despite the press articles, Variety learns from several sources that Davidson will not be hosting the Oscars.

An insider says an informal conversation took place with Davidson’s team – but that’s it. Many people familiar with the host search say the “Saturday Night Live” star is highly unlikely to be selected for the gig.

Davidson is a major talent and a fan-favorite of audiences, who is buzzing both on and off screen, and could certainly appeal to the younger demographic the Oscars are looking for. He recently proved his ratings power on NBC’s New Year’s Eve show, which he co-hosted with Miley Cyrus.

But Davidson is too closely associated with NBC and not part of the stable of talent within ABC, which airs the Oscars. In other words, having a Davidson host would be free promotion for a competing network.

There has, however, been some momentum for an idea that would involve another millennial star: Selena Gomez, who could host along with Steve Martin and Martin Short, her “Only Murders in the Building” co-stars, creating a picture-perfect moment of Synergy Disney business for ABC and Hulu. Those involved in the Oscars telecast are intrigued by the idea of ​​bringing together comedic legends (Martin has hosted the Oscars twice before) and one of Hollywood’s most popular multi-talented young entertainers.

“I mean, they’re an iconic trio,” said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. Variety this week from Gomez, Martin and Short, touting Hulu comedy. “They have mass appeal. Everyone loves them. It would be a dream. That said, there’s a lot of amazing talent we’re looking at. We have ongoing conversations with Will and the Academy about this.

The final decision will be made by Oscar producer Will Packer, the Academy and the ABC brass.

While hosting the broadcast can be a generally thankless job (with a small paycheck, tons of pressure, and an open invitation to bad reviews), it’s still a high-profile gig. Variety learns that this week the team behind the Oscars received an influx of calls from talent agents and reps offering their clients to take on roles once held by Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Bob Hope and Whoopi Goldberg .

At the start of the week, the Official Academy Twitter account post a hypothetical message asking, “Who would you like to host the Oscars…?” The feeler generated tens of thousands of responses, with celebrities volunteering for the gig, even the legendary entertainer Dionne Warwick, who tweeted at the Academy, “Okay, I’ll do it.”

The Academy is well aware of the pressure to put on an exciting show after their 2021 station ceremony fell short of expectations, even by pandemic standards. With an abundance of potential A-list nominees in the running, including Lady Gaga, Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, Will Smith, Kristen Stewart and Benedict Cumberbatch, the right host is just as vital for the ratings, all the more so. the number of viewers is on the rise. decline in all price discounts over the past few years.

Sources say Variety that no decision has been made, conversations are ongoing and there is no favorite at this stage.

Davidson’s team did not respond to Varietyrequest for comment. ABC and the Academy declined to comment.