Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Oscars Won't Have a Host for First Time in 30 Years

Oscars Won't Have a Host for First Time in 30 Years

Writing on Twitter, The Rock said he wanted to make this year's Oscars broadcast the "most fun and entertaining Oscars ever".

The "Hobbs and Shaw" star added, "Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road".

Since then, there have been a few rumored hosts, but a narrative going through the entertainment press has been that the Academy is having a hard time attracting A-list talent to emcee the award show.

The head of ABC Entertainment, which airs the Academy Awards ceremony, said it would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies.

The last time the prestigious award show went without a host was in 1989, when actor Rob Lowe was criticized for his musical duet with Snow White.

According to AOL, Burke revealed the news during the executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour, saying that the decision was "wisely" made by Oscar producers to go without an emcee.

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Burke, who was named president last November, admitted she was initially concerned over the idea of having no host, the first such instance for the Oscars in 30 years.

"The main goal, which I'm told the Academy promised previous year, is to keep the show to three hours", Burke added.

"There wasn't messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation".

Hart stepped down in December, just hours after he was announced as the host, after homophobic tweets he posted nearly eight years ago resurfaced. "It's really compelling. People really care".

Hart, 39, apologized for his past comments in a tweet after stepping down as Oscars host and during his SiriusXM radio show Straight from The Hart in early January. "I think we're going to see a big turnout for this, because these are big, popular movies that are being nominated".

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air live February 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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