09:25 21/01/2019 | 7newstar.com
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Curtain falls on emcee role as Oscars go hostless
The Oscars is set to take place next month without a host for the first time in 30 years, after comedian Kevin Hart pulled out.
Though organizers have yet to confirm the plans, entertainment insiders say the show’s producers are forging ahead with preparations for the 91st Academy Awards on February 24 with no emcee.
As gala organizers struggle to overcome a steady decline in viewership, many say the failure to find a host is actually good news.
Hart, who is currently starring opposite Bryan Cranston in “The Upside,” was named to host the Oscars in early December. But the backlash was swift — homophobic tweets he made several years ago re-emerged, prompting an outcry on social media, and he withdrew just a few days later.
The previous two shows have been hosted by late night funny man Jimmy Kimmel.
Comedian Chris Rock emceed in 2005 and 2016, and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres hosted in 2007 and 2014. All have indicated they weren’t interested in the gig this year.
According to trade magazines, organizers are also considering having multiple A-listers introduce various segments and the award presenters.