Many viewers asked why a woman couldn't host the ceremony

By Nick Romano
March 04, 2018 at 09:14 PM EST
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While many praised Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue at the Oscars on Sunday, there were those who questioned why a woman wasn’t asked to host the ceremony, especially in the age of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Billy Eichner and Bethenny Frankel were among the celebrities cheering on Kimmel over Twitter as he pointed to the activist movements sweeping through Hollywood, including Never Again. Then there were those like Macaulay Culkin, who joked, “I bet Jimmy Kimmel’s humor is so dry tonight it could easily be a #VaginaMonologue.”

“No disrespect to Jimmy Kimmel, but wouldn’t it have been a solid plan to have a woman host this year?” one user wrote.

This is the first Academy Awards ceremony since the sexual harassment and assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein helped spark #MeToo and Time’s Up. (Weinstein has denied any instance of nonconsensual sex.) Kimmel didn’t waste too much time before addressing the situation, declaring, “We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore.”

Some saluted Kimmel for specifically pointing to these acts of social change and calling out gender pay disparity in the workplace, while there were still those who called him “the worst host ever.”

See reactions from Twitter below.

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