The Academy Awards aren't gonna go broke from paying their hosts!
While appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on March 21, Oscars co-host Wanda Sykes lamented how little she's getting paid for leading Hollywood's big night this upcoming weekend.
"I was real excited about [the gig], but then I realized, out of all the jobs that I have, this one is actually gonna cost me money," said the comedian, who will share the stage with Regina Hall and Amy Schumer on March 27.
The paltry pay wasn't exactly news to the late night host, as he's hosted the Oscars solo twice, in 2017 and 2018. After asking Wanda how much she was making, she replied, "I don't even know it's, like, scale probably."
"Scale" is a term used by the union, SAG-AFTRA. Scale for a low-budget film in 2022 is $686 per day or $2,382 per week, Us Weekly said.
Jimmy doubted that she was even getting that much. He then revealed how much he made for hosting the Academy Awards.
"I got paid $15,000 to host the Oscars. And there's one of me!," he said. "You guys will probably have to split that."
Both Jimmy and Wanda spoke of how much work goes into hosting the the award show, calling into question whether the job is worth the reward.
"You're getting robbed. You know what? Hold out right now because they need hosts, you know?" he said.
To try and make up for the low pay, the actress said she had a plan.
"Well, I've already decided I'm just going to steal an Oscar," she teased.