Oscars will go on without a host for first time in 30 years: report

Published: January 10, 2019
SHARES
Email
PHOTO: BBC

PHOTO: BBC

LOS ANGELES: For the first time in 30 years, The Academy Awards will reportedly go on floors without a host.

According to Variety, the 91st Annual Academy Awards will have no host, since the organisation 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.”

PHOTO: VARIETY

PHOTO: VARIETY

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.

The actor Kevin Hart ruled out hosting this year’s Oscars because he no longer had enough time to prepare for the show, days after saying he was evaluating his December decision to step down over criticism of past homophobic comments.

PHOTO: OSCARS

PHOTO: OSCARS

He told ABC that he was no longer willing to discuss the anti-gay comments he had made on Twitter in 2010 and 2011, which caused the uproar that led him to step down as host, saying his previous explanations and apology were sufficient.

“I’m over it,” he said repeatedly to almost every question on the topic during a sometimes testy interview on ABC’s Good Morning America.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Hart as Oscars host in December, but he stepped down soon after amid criticism of his past tweets.

The debacle continued when Ellen DeGeneres invited the Night School star to do an interview on her talk show.

PHOTO: MOVIE MANDU

PHOTO: MOVIE MANDU

Hart apologised in December for “insensitive words from my past” and told DeGeneres last week in an interview on her talk show that he does not “have a homophobic bone in my body.”

During their discussion, the celebrated host 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 apologising again right now. You’ve done it. Don’t let those people win. Host the Oscars.”

Oscar statuettes are displayed at Times Square Studios 23 January 2006 in New York. The statuettes will be presented to winners of the 78th Academy Awards 05 March 2006 in Hollywood.

Oscar statuettes are displayed at Times Square Studios 23 January 2006 in New York. The statuettes will be presented to winners of the 78th Academy Awards 05 March 2006 in Hollywood.

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.”

“No, I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” he later confirmed in ABC interview. “It’s not in God’s plan right now.” He said he could not rule out hosting in future years.

Hart, known for his stand-up comedy and roles in films including Ride Along, said he would not have enough time ahead of the Feb. 24 ceremony in Los Angeles to prepare to do a professional job: “If I do something I want to give it my all.”

PHOTO: NEWSDAY

PHOTO: NEWSDAY

The Academy, which hands out the Oscar awards, has not announced a replacement host.

In one of his old Twitter posts, Hart had described an actor’s picture as a “gay billboard for AIDS.” In another, he said if his son were to play with a doll’s house, he would break it over the boy’s head and tell him to stop being gay.

 

“I’ve said everything I can possibly say and I’m over it.”

Have something to add to the story? Share it in the comments below. 

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (1)

  • Laila
    Jan 10, 2019 - 8:04PM

    This was a non issue. Pulling out 10 years old comments he made and already apologized for back then is nothing but an atttack on Hart. This happens right after he is announced to host the Oscars. No coincidence. He would have been a great host. Hands down. Recommend

Leave Your Reply Below

Your comments may appear in The Express Tribune paper. For this reason we encourage you to provide your city. The Express Tribune does not bear any responsibility for user comments.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see our Comments FAQ.

More in Film