Wanda Sykes reveals she didn’t tell wife Alex Niedbalski she was in the running to host the Oscars: ‘She’d ask about it every day’
Wanda Sykes didn’t tell her wife she was in the running to host the Oscars.
The 58-year-old star will co-anchor this weekend’s Academy Awards with Amy Schumer and Regina Hall, but when she was initially contacted about possibly hosting the show, she kept the gig to herself.
She told People it was because she couldn’t face a string of constant questions from her spouse Alex Niedbalski.
Funny: Wanda Sykes didn’t tell her wife she was in the running to host the Oscars because ‘she’d ask about it every day’; seen in 2020
She told the magazine: ‘I can’t tell her stuff because she would drive me nuts asking about it every day.
‘Like I’ll tell her, “Oh guess what? I’m shooting a movie in Hawaii,” as I’m heading to the airport.’
And when she eventually broke the news to Alex, her spouse only had one thing on her mind.
Asked how her wife had reacted, Wanda said: ‘”What am I going to wear?” It was all of that.’
Secretive: The 58-year-old star will co-anchor this weekend’s Academy Awards with Amy Schumer and Regina Hall, but before the news was officially announced, the Upshaws star kept the gig to herself; seen in 2010
And while Alex has been ‘working out, doing way too much’ to prepare for walking the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Wanda has had practicalities on her mind.
She quipped: ‘Me? I’m just looking for some comfortable shoes.’
The couple – who have been married for 13 years and have twins Olivia and Lucas, 12, together – are open about their relationship on Instagram, and the Black-ish star insisted it is ‘important’ for her to share that part of her life with her fans.
She said, ‘It makes a huge difference.’
Fashion focused: Asked how her wife had reacted when she finally told her the news, Wanda said, ‘”What am I going to wear?” It was all of that’; together in 2010
The Other Two actress recently admitted she is planning to get drunk at the ceremony, though she’ll hold off tucking into the alcohol until after the first act.
She admitted on Jimmy Kimmel Live, ‘Then I’m like, “I’m here to have some fun.” It’s not like I’m getting paid, you know. You get what you pay for. You want sober Wanda, you’ve got to add some zeroes and move that comma. You’re getting free Wanda.
‘So if you see just Amy and Regina out, you can just go, “Wanda’s drunk, she’s backstage.”‘
Wanda, Amy, and Regina were announced as Oscars hosts last month, marking the first time three women have hosted the ceremony, and the first Oscars hosting stint for each of the three stars.
‘We want people to get ready to have a good time,’ Hall, Schumer and Sykes said in a joint statement. ‘It’s been a while.’
She plans to have a good time on Sunday: The Other Two actress recently admitted she is planning to get drunk at the Oscars ceremony, though she’ll hold off tucking into the alcohol until after the first act; at the Snatched film premiere in 2017