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Wanda Sykes Talks Wife Alex's Reaction To Hosting 2022 Oscars: 'Doing Way Too Much'

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By Afouda Bamidele on March 24, 2022 at 6:00 AM EDT

Wanda Sykes is getting ready to bring the laughs at the upcoming 2022 Oscars Award ceremony, but no one is more excited about her role as host as her wife, Alex Sykes.

As you might know, Wanda alongside Regina Hall and Amy Schumer were announced as hosts of the prestigious award ceremony.

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Wanda Sykes Is A First-Time Oscar Host

As The Blast reported, in February, the Academy Awards announced that Wanda, Hall, and Schumer would all team up to host the 94th Oscars set to take place on March 28, 2022.

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This is the first time either of the comediennes would be hosting the award ceremony, so it’s quite the deal. The award show’s producer Will Packer shared the news in a press release.

This year’s show is all about uniting movie lovers. It’s apropos that we’ve lined up three of the most dynamic, hilarious women with very different comedic styles. I know the fun Regina, Amy and Wanda will be having will translate to our audience as well.

The three comediennes responded to the wonderful announcement in a joint statement that read, “We want people to get ready to have a good time. It’s been a while.”

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The President of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment Craig Erwich expressed excitement about the selected hosts, saying, “Imagine having one of the funniest women in comedy today hosting the Oscars… Now, multiply that by three. Regina, Amy, and Wanda are comedy powerhouses who will make history as the first female trio to host the biggest night in entertainment, and we’re thrilled to have them at the helm to deliver an incredible show full of unforgettable moments and laughter.”

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Sykes’ Wife Alex Is Overly Excited For Her Hosting Gig

With the award ceremony fast approaching, “The Upshaws” star sat down with People Magazine to discuss preparations.

The hilarious comedienne revealed that when she was first contacted to host the Oscars, the one person she couldn’t share the news with was her wife of more than a decade Alex — and Wanda had a seemingly good reason for her decision.

“I can't tell her stuff because she would drive me nuts asking about it every day,” Wanda shared. “Like I'll tell her, 'Oh guess what? I'm shooting a movie in Hawaii,' as I'm heading the airport.”

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When the 58-year-old finally booked the gig alongside her other co-hosts she was thrilled but managed to tone down her excitement. However, that wasn’t the case with Alex.

Wanda hilariously shared that her wife is super worked up in anticipation of the award show. “What am I going to wear? It was all of that,” the comedienne shared of her wife’s reaction.

The stand-up comedian teased that Alex “is working out, doing way too much,” while she is “just looking for some comfortable shoes.”

Wanda and Alex have been married for 14 wonderful years and are the proud parents of 12-year-old twins, Olivia and Lucas.

The lovebirds never shy away from showing each other love on social media to the delight of fans.

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Jimmy Kimmel Says Sykes Is ‘Getting Robbed’

Wanda’s revelation about her wife comes a day after she made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” While chatting with host Jimmy Kimmel about the award show, the pair began comparing notes on the salary for hosting.

The “Black-ish” star revealed that she had no idea that hosting such a prestigious award show would be so low-paid.

“I was real excited about that, but then I realized, out of all the jobs that I have, this one is actually gonna cost me money,” she confessed.

Kimmel, who had previously hosted the award ceremony, confirmed that the salary wasn’t well-paying, revealing that he only got paid $15,000.

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The late-night show host shared that people always think that the Oscars is a one-day job, but      in reality, “it’s months of work leading up to it.”

As for what Wanda is earning for her role, she answered, “I don’t even know it’s, like, scale probably,” to which Kimmel said that it’s possible all three hosts would share a fee similar to his salary.

The show host concluded the discussion, telling Wanda to renegotiate her contract. “You’re getting robbed. You know what? Hold out right now because they need hosts, you know,” he said.

To which Wanda joked, “Well, I’ve already decided I’m just going to steal an Oscar.”

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