With the oscars less than 3 weeks away, the Head of ABC Entertainment, Karey Burke, announced that this year’s award show will be carried out without a host for the first time in the past 30 years. Burke also stated that the event will have presenters double up as hosts instead.
On December 4 2018, comedian Kevin Hart revealed in an Instagram post that he will be hosting the 2019 Academy Award, saying that it is “the opportunity of a lifetime”. But his excitement was short-lived as he later stepped down from hosting after receiving backlash for homophobic tweets he made in the past resurfaced, which he apologized for saying he was “sorry he had hurt people”.
Following Kevin Hart’s withdrawal, the internet was quick to nominate other candidates for the job. Many rooting for stars including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Wanda Sykes and Key & Peele.
The Oscars have gone without a host 5 times before, the 1989 awards show, produced by Allan Carr and described as the worst award show ever, being the most recent.
A host-less show could also mean a shorter running time. According to Burke, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promised to keep the telecast to three hours, about 30 minutes shorter than the average broadcast length.