Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson claims he was "first choice" to host the Academy Awards but was too busy to take the job.
The 46-year-old actor hoped to make the 2019 Oscars "fun and entertaining" but his commitments to 'Jumanji 2' ruled him out of the job, which was eventually accepted by Kevin Hart, his co-star in the film, though he subsequently stepped down following a row over homophobic tweets.
The Rock tweeted: "I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal was to make it the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever. We all tried hard, but couldn't make it work since I'm shooting Jumanji. (sic)"
But the 'Fast and Furious' star hasn't ruled out stepping up to the helm for a future ceremony.
He added: "Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road (sic)"