President Donald Trump slammed the Oscars on Tuesday, saying “nobody wants to watch” the annual televised ceremony because viewers are tired of performers disrespecting him and his supporters.
“The Academy Awards is on hard times now,” Trump said Tuesday. “You know why?” he asked of the Hollywood gala. “Because they started taking us on. Everyone got tired of it.”
“That used to be second after the Super Bowl, and now all of a sudden it’s just another show, because people got tired of people getting up and making fools of themselves,” Trump continued, “and disrespecting the people in this room.”
While the ratings for the 2019 Oscars in February were up 10 percent from the previous year, the show still had its second smallest audience ever.
Many people criticized the Hollywood awards show for taking on an increasingly political tone during the Trump era. At last year/s Tony Awards, Hollywood star Robert De Niro made headlines when he publicly slammed Trump onstage. Meryl Streep also slammed Trump as a “bully” at the 2017 Golden Globes.
Trump’s remarks about the Oscars come less than a week after he took aim at the controversial film “The Hunt.”
Universal Pictures made the surprise move on Saturday to cancel the September release of the movie following intense backlash.
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