With Kevin Hart stepping down as Oscar host last month almost immediately after he had landed the gig, the Academy was left in a tricky situation. It had already been difficult for them to find a suitable and willing candidate this year, but with the show just a couple of months away it was not getting any easier. There had been rumours that Hart might still have a shot at being reinstated but an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show reportedly angered some Academy officials as opposed to smoothing things over as intended. Now they are reportedly moving forward without a host for the first time in almost three decades. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, the current plan is for the 91st Academy Awards to move forward without an official host. Instead, they will rely on various A-list stars to introduce the segments with presenters announcing the awards as per usual. There will be no opening monologue but the telecast “will focus on starry skits and play up a high-profile year for music in film.”
This would mark the first time the Oscars decided to go hostless since 1989. The only previous ceremonies without an individual host happened between 1969 and 1971 and all the way back in 1939. They do note that there is still a remote possibility that a host will emerge at the last minute, but it seems highly unlikely, especially given the recent discussion that it is a thankless and very underpaid gig. Given the desire to change things up, however, maybe this is a good thing. Do you think it is a good move for the Oscars to ditch an individual host completely?