No host for 2019 Oscars

Sergio Cunningham
January 12, 2019

The dilemma occurred after Kevin Hart dropped out in December a year ago, soon after he was named the host by the Academy, due to several anti-gay comments he made on Twitter in 2010 and 2011.

After the Oscar controversy, Ellen DeGeneres reached out to him in an attempt to bring him back as host.

Speaking to The New York Post " s "Page Six' column, a source said: "Everyone is hoping they'll do a series of presenters and have no formal host".

However, on Wednesday, January 9, (Thursday, January 10, Philippine time), Hart made an appearance on NBC's Good Morning America and officially closed any doors on becoming the Oscars emcee this year.

A day later, Hart announced he was formally turning down the hosting gig.

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The fourth and final film of the superhero franchise, "Avengers: Endgame", is out April 26, so it's a huge prime-time opportunity to promote it on ABC, a TV network Disney owns. "But the hard part is when you put down the defenses and you say, 'Wait a minute, I'm not listening'".

Cast members of the Marvel superhero movie "Avengers" are among the celebrities the producers are eyeing for, according to US-based entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter.

The last time the evening had no host was during the 61st Academy Awards in March 1989, which began with a widely mocked musical number starring Rob Lowe and Snow White. I think it might end up being a net positive over life.

The 2019 Academy Awards will take place Sunday, Feb. 24 live on ABC.

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