Oscars Officially Won't Have Host After Kevin Hart Controversy

Bessie Dean
February 6, 2019

"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 awesome talented artists", he tweeted, just two days after being announced as host.

Burke talked about the long-rumored decision, following the Kevin Hart controversy and backlash in December, during the executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour.

"Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity ... has kept the Oscars really in the conversation, and the mystery has been really compelling", said Karey Burke, whose network is the ceremony's longtime home.

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The last time the Oscars went without a host was 1989, when producer Allan Carr decided on having more presenters instead of an MC.

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"There wasn't messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation".

"After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course and just have presenters host the Oscars".

She added that speculation over the shape of the ceremony was an encouraging sign that the Oscars were still relevant. "She promised to keep the February 24 telecast down to just three hours", Del Barco added.

The 2018 show drew a record-low 26.5 million people, a 20 percent drop from the 2017 show and the first time Oscar viewership dipped below 30 million, according to Nielsen records that go back to 1974. However, she did tease that the opening number will be "exciting".

The Oscars ceremony will not have an official host this year, the president of ABC Entertainment, which broadcasts the ceremony, said on Tuesday. "I passed on the apology". "I've said where the rights and wrongs were".

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