No Kevin Hart, no problem? It’s been 30 years since the Oscars went without a host

No Kevin Hart, no problem? It’s been 30 years since the Oscars went without a host

January 11, 2019

Please welcome your host for this year’s Academy Awards … Nobody?

Comedian Kevin Hart has made it clear it won’t be him, saying he’s “over” the drama. And now Variety is reporting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to eschew having one host for the Feb. 24 telecast in favor of recruiting stars to introduce segments, something that hasn’t happened in 30 years

USA TODAY has reached out to the Academy for comment.

First, a recap of how we got here: Hart officially stepped down Dec. 6,   hours after announcing he’d landed the gig, over his past homophobic comments. Hart, 39, had initially refused to apologize, though he later relented.

The “Night School” star appeared to be reconsidering his decision after a heartfelt plea from Ellen DeGeneres last week but he officially put the idea to rest Wednesday on “Good Morning America,” telling Michael Strahan, “I’m not hosting the Oscars this year.”

He continued, “It’s hard to predict what can happen and I don’t want people to think there’s a thing between me and the Academy, because there isn’t,” he said. “The Academy, they’re amazing people, the offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn’t work out the way it should have.”

The Academy never confirmed DeGeneres’ claim that it wanted him back as host.

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