The Show Must Go On: After The Drama With Kevin Hart, The 2019 Oscars Are Moving Forward…Without A Host

January 9, 2019  |  

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After Kevin Hart fervently declined to apologize for the Academy Awards debacle during a Wednesday appearance on Good Morning America, it was clear that the comedian had come to a full stop in discussing the events which led him there in the first place.

With a little less than six weeks to find a replacement for the February 24 show, the Academy has decided to nix a host altogether, according to a report by Variety. It will be the first time in 30 years that a formal host will not appear to lead the biggest night in Hollywood.

However, a few insiders who spoke to the outlet say producers have a plan in place, one that includes featuring several A-listers who will “kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zinger.” Celebrities will also be chosen to present each category and to fill the open spaces with comedic skits.

According to sources, Hart hosting the show is “100%” dead.

Hart received major backlash after past homophobic tweets resurfaced. In the interim, he stepped down as host after refusing to apologize, only to apologize anyway. Last week, Hart appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he was asked to reconsider his decision to step down. It seemed like he had a change of heart near the end of the conversation, but Wednesday’s Good Morning America appearance showed that whatever glimpse of hope remained, was now gone.

“I’m over it,” Hart said in the GMA interview with anchor Michael Strahan. “There’s no more conversation about it. I’m over that, I’m over the moment. I’m not giving no more explanation of who I am … I’m just done. If you didn’t [hear the apology], then I don’t know what you’re looking for.”
“I’m a good person,” he said. “I love to love. If you don’t see that, then that means it’s a problem with you. I have nothing else to prove.”

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