"It’s because of the success of Crazy Rich Asians that I am even mentioned in the conversation"
Ken Jeong has said he would love to be the first Asian to host the Oscars.
Appearing on CBS’ The Talk on Tuesday, Jeong was asked if he would consider hosting the Oscars. The Korean American actor said yes and joked about the other roles he would get involved with on the night.
“Oh, I would cater, I would be a medic on it,” the doctor turned actor said, “I would do cue cards. I would put leather on the seats.”
Jeong went on to credit the impact of Crazy Rich Asians for putting the spotlight on Asian actors.
“I, honestly, think that it’s because of the success of Crazy Rich Asians that I am even mentioned in the conversation,” he said. “I think it’s because of that [that] names like mine are now being [thrown] in the mix for other jobs that normally do not exist [for Asians].”
“If that ain’t a movement, I don’t know what is. It was so emotional. I was telling my wife, it was easily the best awards show we ever attended,” he said.
The Talk host Sharon Osbourne tweeted that she would back Jeong as host of the Oscars.
Back in December, The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg told Stephen Colbert on CBS’ The Late Show that she would love to see Jeong as the host of the Oscars.
“He would be brilliant,” she said. “He would also constitute the first Asian-American to host the Oscars. It would be a whole series of firsts. And he also loves film, and I think that’s what you need in a host. You need somebody who actually gets why films are great, who can tell you the ins, the outs, and the silliness of movies.”
— Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) January 8, 2019