Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Oscars Will Have No Host For The First Time In 30 Years

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Stacy Diaz | 11 January, 2019, 20:39

Speaking with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, Kevin Hart said he was over hosting the Oscars and all the brouhaha that has been surrounding him over the last month.

The motion picture academy has not named a replacement host for its February 24 awards show since Hart backed away days after being named host last month when some anti-gay tweets he posted a decade ago resurfaced. "If anybody out there wants to believe that Kevin Hart is that much of a monster that he wouldn't love somebody due to their choice in life, then all power to them", he replied.

Michael Strahan interviews Kevin Hart on GMA. "There's no more conversation about it ..." I'm talking about today.

"The people who produce that show are hogtied by the Academy, who as a group are not willing to change very much", an awards show and live events producer anonymously told the outlet.

The comedian added: 'If you didn't [hear the apology], I don't know what you're looking for.

"I'm a good person", he added. I'm not giving no more because it shows that it's endless, so I'm not shutting down the questions.

"It's hard to predict what can happen", Hart continued.

Quoting the start of one of the controversial jokes from his 2010 stand-up routine during the show, Kevin paraphrased: "I want to say that I have no problem with gay people". I'm not addressing it. He said, "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right. But I don't believe in going backward". If you don't want to accept people for their change, then where are you trying to get to the equal part? "I think it needs to be somebody who loves the films".

The comedian initially rejected demands to apologize, insisting he had apologized for the tweets several times before, but later said sorry again after stepping down as Oscars presenter.

"They're gonna win if you don't host the Oscars", DeGeneres said, referring to "trolls" online.

But while it was a huge year for recognising cinematic classics - the lesson from the 1989 Oscars is that going hostless is a truly awful idea - and even an Anne Hathaway/James Franco hosted show is better than a rudderless Oscars ship.