Oscars Will Not Have a Host, ABC Confirms

Yolanda Curtis
February 7, 2019

Kevin Hart (who, it's worth noting, will also return for the "Jumanji" sequel) was initially tapped to take on the hosting gig but following widespread backlash for a number of homophobic tweets, the actor was forced to step down from the position.

"Ah mahalo dude, I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal was to make it the most fun and entertaining Oscars ever".

The Oscars ceremony will air without a celebrity host this year, it has been confirmed.

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The 91 Academy Awards, the biggest night in Hollywood, will not have an official host this year and this is happening after 30 years, for the Academy Awards were conducted without a host in 1989. After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course.

ABC President Karey Burke spoke about the awards show during the ABC executive session at the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Tuesday. "We all got on board with that". Burke is aware of the trend and is looking into it, but she still has faith that the Academy is putting on a show people will want to watch. "Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept them in the conversation", she contended.

For all those who don't know, while the previous two Oscars were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, 2005 and 2016 Oscar ceremonies were emceed by comedian Chris Rock, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres hosted in 2007 and 2014. As relayed by The Hollywood Reporter, she also confirmed that the goal is to keep the show to three hours, which is good news considering last year's event was nearly as long as Gone With The Wind.

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She added that speculation over the shape of the ceremony was an encouraging sign that the Oscars were still relevant. "There are big popular movies being nominated".

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air live February 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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