The Oscars 2019 are going to just plain host-less. Yes, you heard it right. A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed the no-host decision on Monday. For the first time in decades, Hollywood’s biggest night will have no official presenter.
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was announced in December as the host of 91st Academy Awards, but stepped down after homophobic tweets and comments he made in the past resurfaced online.
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Hart initially said he wouldn’t step down from his role and claimed that the controversy stemmed from people “looking for reasons to be negative” and “angry.” The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star later announced he would not be hosting the show.
“I’m sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again,” Hart tweeted in December.
But a new year brought a new chapter to the story. Hart appeared on the Jan. 4 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which turned out to be an hour long rehabilitation of his image, orchestrated by the host herself. Not only did she urge Hart to reconsider hosting the Oscars — after personally calling the Academy to see what could be done — but DeGeneres also belittled Hart’s critics, calling them a “loud minority” of haters and trolls.
The response to DeGeneres’ actions was largely negative, with members of the LGBT community confused as to why one of their own was so eager to overlook their concerns and side with Hart. In response to the backlash, Hart posted a vague message to Instagram about how greatness is only achieved through learning.
Hart was asked about the Oscars controversy again during a Jan. 9 appearance on Good Morning America, though he wasn’t quite as open to discussing it as he was with DeGeneres “I’m not saying how I changed anymore, I’m not saying what I’ve done and what the ‘new me’ is,” Hart said on GMA. “I’m not giving no more explanation of who I am. I’ve done it.” He also used the phrase “I’m over it” a total of 14 times.
The Academy announced earlier Monday the various big-name presenters who will appear at the show. Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Daniel Craig and Jennifer Lopez are among the 13 stars who will present.
Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Awkwafina, Amandla Stenberg, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu will also take the Oscar stage as presenters.
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