2019 Oscars Will Go On Without a Host for First Time in 30 Years

Kevin Hart initially was announced as the host, but later declined because of prior controversial remarks

By Cydney Contreras Feb 05, 2019 4:39 PMTags
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UPDATE: After much speculation, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has confirmed there will be no host for the 2019 Oscars. The Academy shared the update with E! News on Tuesday.


The Academy is doing something that hasn't been done in 30 years.

According to Variety, the 91st Annual Academy Awards will have no host, since the organization appears to have given up on finding a star to take on the role. The entertainment news site reports that the Oscars will instead recruit stars for various stars in place of "one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers." 

However, there are only six weeks until the show takes place live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. This looming deadline apparently has producers "scrambling" to find A-listers willing to take part in the star-studded show. 

Their struggle to pull off the task come weeks after Kevin Hart was announced as the 2019 host, only to subsequently pull out of the show. 

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Hart stepped down as host after homophobic statements resurfaced on Twitter, prompting the Academy to offer him an ultimatum. He could either issue an official statement apologizing for the remarks and remain as the host for 2019, but if he didn't express remorse, then they would have to rescind their offer. 

The comedian ultimately chose to pass on the opportunity. "I'm gonna be me and stand my ground. Regardless, The Academy I'm thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away, no harm no foul," he said in an Instagram video. 

Nonetheless, he chose to express his regret about his prior tweets. In a Tweet, where he officially declined the role, Kevin said, "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."

The debacle continued when Ellen DeGeneres invited the Night School star to do an interview on her talk show. During their discussion, Ellen implored Hart to host the Oscars, because she said the people who voiced their opposition are "a small group of people being very, very loud."

"We are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you host the Oscars," DeGeneres shared. 

The host even went as far as calling the Academy herself to see if they would allow Hart to assume the position. She told Kevin, "You are apologizing again right now. You've done it. Don't let those people win. Host the Oscars."

However, Hart once again said no to the job offer. He told Variety, "The moment came and it was a blessing and I was excited at the opportunity and I still am. In my mind I got the job, it was a dream job, and things came up that simply prohibited it from happening. But I don't believe in going backwards."

(This story was originally published Jan. 9, 2019 at 3:45 p.m. PST).

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