Oscars Currently Aiming To Air Without A Main Host

Kevin Hart has said he definitely won't come back on board as host of the Oscars this year.

Hart, a previous Oscars presenter, stepped down as host of the show on December 6, days after the academy selected him following a prolonged search and declining ratings for the annual broadcast.

The comedian appeared on Good Morning America where he repeatedly said he would no longer "give energy" to the controversy which led to him stepping down as the host of next month's 91st Academy Awards.

This all comes just 24 hours after addressing the backlash in a lengthy segment on his SiriusXM radio show Straight to the Hart, that truly dissected every angle of this thing. Hart seemed taken aback by the news, and said that he'd keep an open mind about hosting. "There's no more conversation about it. I'm literally, I'm over that, I'm over the moment".

"I'm not taking anything away from actors", he added, "but I don't know that we need to be that celebratory, that's the biggest celebration on Earth, and it's just about people who are pretending and wearing makeup". If you don't see that, then that means it's a problem with you. "We are a huge group of people who love you and want you to host the Oscars".

"You're not getting no more of my energy from it", he added. "I understand you", he continued, adding that he hopes the LGBTQ community can forgive him and accept he's a different person from the one who sent those tweets nearly a decade ago.

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"I have an understanding that I've addressed it and I've said everything that I can possibly say".

Hmm, it's not a stretch to think that the Academy might invite Hart back in the future - the buzz surrounding it would surely draw in viewership, but then again it could absolutely distract from the night, too.

The US comedian and actor pulled out of hosting the award ceremony in December amid controversy over homophobic tweets he posted nearly a decade ago.

The speculation came weeks after he stepped down from the event while also apologizing for past homophobic tweets.

But any goodwill that created was squashed last week when he appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show and attacked the people who he said were out to "destroy" him.

The outlet reported that, as of this writing, neither producers nor the Academy have reached out to one single host to step into Hart's shoes. When host Michael Strahan asked if he would return to host the Oscars if asked, the comedian responded with a strong denial.

  • Michelle Webb