No host for this year's Oscars ceremony

06 February, 2019, 12:39 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Academy confirms Oscars to go without host for first time in 30 years

Burke confirmed the decision during the executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour, ET Online reports, and said the decision was "wisely" made by Oscar producers. "The producers, I think, wisely chose to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars". It may never return to screens, but ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke hopes it might someday. "We all got on board with that".

Owing to the homophobic tweets that surfaced online back in December, comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscar ceremony.

He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people".

She said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, had promised ABC last year to keep the telecast to three hours - about 30 minutes shorter than in recent years.

"I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars in the conversation and that the mystery has been really compelling".

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She added the Oscar nominee luncheon on Tuesday "was a very exciting room to be in".

The head of ABC Entertainment, which airs the Academy Awards ceremony, said it would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies. "It's fascinating. We're going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated".

The decision arrives almost two months after original host Kevin Hart resigned for his past homophobic tweets.

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Of course, all award shows, from the Golden Globes and the Grammys to the prestigious Academy Awards, are losing viewers.

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