Oscars 2019 to go without host for the first time in 30 years
The 2019 Oscars will officially have no host for the first time in 30 years.
An Academy spokesperson confirmed the information on Tuesday, months after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting duties following a backlash over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.
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After stepping down as the host of the 91st Academy Awards on Dec. 6, Hart posted a video to Instagram in which he didn’t apologize but said the world was “beyond crazy.”
In January, he formally apologized to the LGBTQ community during the most recent episode of Sirius XM’s Straight from The Hart show, less than a month after he stepped down as Oscars host.
He was criticized for a joke in his 2010 comedy special, Seriously Funny, in which he told his audience his biggest fear was his son coming out as gay.
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“I wanna say that I have no problem with gay people. I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body,” Hart said.
He later said on Good Morning America that “there’s no more conversation about it … I’m over that, I’m over the moment” when asked about the Oscars.
On Monday, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced its first slate of presenters, including Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and Brie Larson.
Also among the 13 stars are Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Amandla Stenberg and Awkwafina.
Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu will also take the Oscar stage as presenters.
The last time the Oscars did not have a host was in 1989.
The Oscars will air live on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
— With files from the Associated PressFollow @KatieScottNews
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