Oscars 2019 will have no host for first time in three decades after Kevin Hart debacle

The last time an Oscars ceremony didn't have a fixed presenter was in 1989

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 10 January 2019 08:00 GMT
Kevin Hart says he is 'over' his Oscars controversy

Following the Kevin Hart debacle, this year's Oscars ceremony is set to undergo a major change by having no host for the first time in almost three decades.

According to Variety, producers will instead pick a selection of Hollywood stars to introduce segments throughout the evening. The ceremony is scheduled to air in six weeks.

Hart dropped out of hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologise for resurfaced homophobic tweets he made between 2009 and 2011. He was said to have been reconsidering his decision following an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, but has since revealed he was “done” with the role.

When asked if he will host in the future, Hart said; “It’s hard to predict what can happen.”

Reports suggests that the Academy is not seeking a set host, but if one were to materialise, they would accept. As a substitute, they'll rely on several high-profile stars to deliver viral-friendly skits as well as embracing what has been a strong year for music in film.

Lady Gaga - a likely nominee - is strongly expected to perform a song from Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born.

The Oscars will takes place in Los Angeles on 24 February. Nominations will be announced on 22 January.

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