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Updated: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 20:45:00 GMT
The Academy Awards' best and worst ever hosts

Whoopi Goldberg

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Hosted: four times (1993, 1995, 1998, 2001)
Goldberg was the groundbreaking host, times two: the first female host (solo anyway, as Goldie Hawn, Rosalind Russell, Carol Burnett and a few others had shared duties prior to 1993) and the first black person to host (again, solo, as Sammy Davis Jr. and Richard Pryor both did some co-hosting). Those are enormous hurdles to get over, and the world owes Goldberg a debt for suffering the requisite anxiety that must have come with this particular hosting gig. But while she had some memorable costume changes (remember her Queen Elizabeth outfit?) she was arguably disappointing as a host. Will we see Whoopi hosting again? Probably not; the first show Jon Stewart hosted opened with a montage of past hosts refusing the duty. Goldberg is shown opening a door, delivering a tart, “Hell, no,” and then slamming it.