Oscars Will Have No Host For The First Time In 30 Years

Sergio Cunningham
January 12, 2019

The last time the Oscars went host-less was in 1989, where the award show was infamously opened up with a cringe-worthy opening song and dance, featuring Snow White.

The gig has been up in the air for weeks after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role due to backlash over unearthed homophobic comments he made ten years ago.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had been considering allowing Hart to come back if he apologised for his actions during a sit-down with his friend, talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres.

He explained that even he had forgotten that he had set up the joke by saying, "I want to say that I have no problem with gay people. I would like to call myself a perfectionist, so if I do something I want to give it my all". "I didn't say these words to people, at the time, this was our dumb a-- on Twitter going back and forth with each other", he mused. "It's not in God's plan right now". "I'm gonna be me and stand my ground". It's already pre-determined. I'm not anxious, I'm not shaken, I'm not upset. I'm riding with you guys. "So hopefully people can look at me and the situations I've been in in life and understand there's always growth".

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But critics also blasted DeGeneres for playing down Hart's offensive jokes and past comments like: "One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay" that got folks upset in the first place. "This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazingly talented artists. I'm not gonna say anything, and I'm definitely got gonna say it here, but the chances are very slim". And I'm about today. So if it's accepted, great, but if it's not, it's nothing I can control.

Kevin Hart stopped by "GMA" Wednesday morning for a live interview to talk about his new movie "The Upside", but first he addressed the Oscars controversy that has dominated headlines over the past month. I'm not saying how I've changed anymore ... I've done it. I've done it several times. "I know that within my apologies I've taken 10 years to put my apology to work".

"So then we say, 'Hey, man, as a group, let's erase this s**t. So, I do this now [shrugs]".

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