Megyn Kelly has some advice for making the Oscars watchable again: Drop the political speeches and hire a host “who hasn’t intentionally alienated half the country.”
On Thursday’s “Megyn Kelly Today” show, the NBC anchor discussed news the 2019 Academy Awards would be getting a makeover to address lousy ratings the annual Tinseltown show notched this year behind host Jimmy Kimmel.
The remarks begin at the 9:45-minute mark.
“I’ll say one thing, if the Oscars want better ratings, they should really consider stopping the political speeches,” Kelly said to audience applause. “Because I think a lot of us don’t tune in to hear – to get a lecture on politics.”
“We’re looking to have a moment of escapism. We want to hear politics, tune in to cable news.”
Then she said organizers also need a different type of host.
“I know a lot of people love Jimmy [Kimmel], but he’s openly said he has disdain for Republicans, that they’re stupid, and he doesn’t want them watching his shows if they disagree with any of his opinions,” she said.
“That does not tend to help your ratings . . . I just think you have to pick somebody who hasn’t intentionally alienated half the country, right, if you want the numbers to go up from 26.5 million.”
The ratings for the February Oscars hosted by Kimmel represented an all-time low, and a drop of 19 percent from 2017, The Hill reported.
The 1998 Oscar telecast hosted by actor and comedian Billy Crystal delivered 57 million viewers for ABC.
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