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Report: The Oscars Will Have No Host this Year

Wednesday Jan 9, 2019
The best picture Academy Award for "Gentleman's Agreement."
The best picture Academy Award for "Gentleman's Agreement."  (Source:Lou Bustamante/Profiles in History via AP)

After Kevin Hart confirmed Wednesday that he will not host the 91st Academy Awards next month, a new report from Variety says the ceremony will have no emcee.

Sources told the publication the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will move forward without a host and instead, producers will pick a number of A-listers to introduce various segments "instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders."

The report goes on to say the organization is "scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live."

"As it stands, no new offers are out, nor are any expected to be made to a single potential host to fill the void left by Kevin Hart," Variety writes, adding producers are "moving forward with a broadcast that will focus on starry skits and play up a high-profile year for music in film, thanks to likely nominees Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, and Kendrick Lamar, one individual involved with the show said."

Appearing on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, Hart confirmed he'd not host the Oscars next month. His decision came after a backlash ensued for anti-gay tweets and jokes he made in the past and the way in which the comedian did and did not apologize for his remarks. He even appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where the talk show host advocated for him to return as host. Nevertheless, though it seemed like it was Hart's decision, the "Night School" star refused.

Later in the report, This text will be the linkVariety writes what a host-less Oscars may look like:

"The concept of a hostless Oscars is divisive, to say the least. Executives were heard bemoaning the idea on the Golden Globes after-party circuit. One top media boss found the prospect potentially fatal, noting that hosts are often the biggest draw for such splashy live TV events.

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The Oscar telecast has gone without a single host precisely once, 30 years ago. That broadcast lives in infamy: Producer Allan Carr and director Jeff Margolis mounted an 11-minute musical number to open the show in lieu of a host monologue. The opening gave us Rob Lowe's version of "Proud Mary," a duet with Snow White. Lowe is still trying to live it down.

There have also been years with a crowded slate of names sharing the duties, as in 1958, when Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, Rosalind Russell and Donald Duck (yup) were among those named as hosts. In 1973, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, and Rock Hudson all split the gig. The last time more than three people hosted was 1987, when Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul "Crocodile Dundee" Hogan took the stage. The last time more than one person hosted was 2011, the year of James Franco and Anne Hathaway. We all remember how that went.

Click here to read Variety's full report.

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