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Co-host Amy Schumer wants Zelensky to be at Oscars

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Oscars co-host Amy Schumer is “not afraid” to bring up the war in Ukraine at this year’s awards ceremony. In fact, the comedian recently revealed that she wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to be part of the show.

While taping an upcoming episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” which airs Thursday on CBS, Schumer opened up about her plans to co-host the Academy Awards while Russia continues to invade Ukraine. Schumer co-directs the Oscars show along with comedy stars Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall.

“There’s definitely pressure in a way to say, ‘This is a vacation. let people forget We just want to have that night,'” Schumer Barrymore says in a preview clip shared with the Los Angeles Times.

“But … we have so many eyes and ears for this show. It’s a great opportunity to comment on at least a few things. I have some jokes that highlight the current state.”

Besides mentioning the war in Ukraine during the awards ceremony or wearing blue and yellow pins in solidarity with the beleaguered nation — as many Hollywood stars have already done — Schumer expressed a desire to air a message from Zelensky during the ABC show.

Before becoming President of Ukraine, Zelensky also worked as an actor in the entertainment industry. His comedy series Servant of the People has just become available on Netflix and he is known for voicing Paddington Bear in the Ukrainian version of the popular children’s film.

“There are so many terrible things happening that it’s hard to focus on which one,” Schumer continues. “I’ve actually…suggested a possibility of having a Zelensky satellite or doing a tape or something just because so many eyes are on the Oscars. I’m not afraid to go there, but I’m not producing the Oscars.”

The Film Academy did not immediately respond to The Times request for comment Monday. The Oscars take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday.

Schumer is one of several entertainment luminaries who have shown their support for Ukraine in recent weeks. On Sunday, Zelensky publicly thanked actors Mila Kunis – who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine – and Ashton Kutcher for raising nearly $35 million to help Ukrainian refugees.

“[Ashton Kutcher] & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief,” Zelensky said tweeted Sunday, along with a photo of him speaking to the celebrity couple via Zoom.

“Grateful for their support. Impressed by her determination. You inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-03-21/ukraine-volodymyr-zelensky-oscars-2022-amy-schumer Co-host Amy Schumer wants Zelensky to be at Oscars

Caroline Bleakley

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