Oh: The Oscars Nixes Host Gig Altogether

Monica Sanchez | February 5, 2019
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The 91st Oscars will no longer be hosted by … anyone.

The Academy announced on Monday the first round of presenters for the show scheduled for Feb. 24, a list that includes Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Lopez, and Charlize Theron.

Absent from that press release and the several previous is any mention of a host or an official presenter.

A publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed to Fox News Monday night that the awards show has decided to nix the host gig altogether.  

The announcement follows the controversy surrounding actor-comedian Kevin Hart who was essentially forced to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s after facing an uproar over several-years-old “anti-gay” tweets that he had already addressed in the past.

There were several rumors and predictions of who would be chosen to replace Hart but apparently The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had a different idea in mind. 

This will not be the first time Hollywood’s biggest night went without a host, though the last time was literally three decades ago:

"Thirty years ago, in 1989, was the last time the Oscar went host-less," Fox News reports. "The show was so poorly received that 17 big names in Hollywood, including Julie Andrews and Paul Newman, sent a letter to the academy trashing the show, which, instead of opening with a host, started with an 11-minute musical segment." 

The show is scheduled to take place Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 P.M. EST, though it’s questionable whether anyone cares at this point.