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The Oscars used to be Hollywood’s night to shine. It used to have all the pomp and circumstance that would make for great television. But if I am going to be completely honest, the Oscars have not been Must See TV since Billy Crystal stopped hosting. That man’s intro will go down in the annals of what a host—Oscars or not—should be. Entertaining, funny, charming, and with a bit of political funny sprinkled in. A host should be a perfect combination of guide and emcee to help the show stay timely and on time.
This year, Kevin Hart was set to be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony, broadcast on Sunday, February 24. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, a tweet from 2011 resurfaced where Hart suggested he’d tell his son to “stop that gay” if he saw him playing with a dollhouse. He had also joked in his 2010 stand up, Seriously Funny, about stopping his son from being gay. In the political climate that has since become our landscape, these comments (whether intended as jokes or not) are not a laughing matter, nor should they be ignored.
Although Hart has said he apologized several times over, even going on Ellen DeGeneres’s show recently—as she wanted to show Hart’s growth and continue the volley to have him host—Variety is reporting that not only has Hart been removed from the host slot but the Oscars will forgo a host entirely rather than replace him.
This is the first time since 1989 that the Oscars have gone without a host. And fans of the Oscars will remember how well that year’s opening musical number went over. No word yet on whether or not the 2019 Oscars will feature singing and dancing Disney characters and/or Rob Lowe, but we can assume that segments will still have intros by our favorite celebrities.
Though no offers to host have been extended to anyone in the eleventh hour, who knows? All I know is the Academy is getting a lot of press and a lot of buzz, so it could be that—since ratings have been down the past few years—this was their idea in the first place.
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