Admit it: at some point in your life, you pretended to win an Oscar while giving your acceptance speech in the bathroom mirror, holding up a shampoo bottle as the coveted idol. Who hasn’t? But here’s something new: have you ever pretended to be the Oscars host? That takes a real talent. Someone who can bring a breath of fresh air to the 80-plus-year-old ceremony. And Tiffany Haddish is just the person to do it. She dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Sunday night to talk about how she would do it differently.
“How are you?” Jimmy asked as the comedian and actress took her seat. With lightning-quick wit, she quipped, “I’m successful.”
*Does the math*. Yup that checks out.
Addressing online chatter that Tiffany could be the next Oscars host, Jimmy had to ask if she would ever consider the gig previously held by some of the most successful comedians, including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres.
Haddish seemed utterly shocked by the rumours but said if she did host, she would like to share the spotlight with somebody—even suggesting Fallon as a potential co-host—so she wouldn’t have to manage the pressure solo.
There is one thing that could change her mind, though: “It’s too much stress . . . unless they paid me a lot of money. Then I would be like, ‘It’s worth it!’ And I would have it hot, it would be so much fun. We would have twerk contests and everything.”
Twerk contests at the Oscars. Can you even imagine?
She continued, “I would get Meryl Streep up there with Susan Sarandon; it would be crazy.”
Tiffany already has a history of making a splash at the Oscars by staying true to her word and wearing the same expensive Alexander McQueen dress over and over. She first debuted the $4000 dress during her hosting duties on SNL , swearing to wear it every chance she got, and she actually did, breaking with longstanding Hollywood rule to never be photographed in the same dress twice. At the Oscars as a presenter, not only did she wear it, she went barefoot and even did a little dance up on stage.
Tiffany Haddish—the Oscars host we need and the host we deserve.