Oscars Will 'Go Ahead Without One Host'

Lawrence Kim
January 10, 2019

Hart, known for his stand-up comedy and roles in films including Ride Along, said he would not have enough time ahead of the February 24 ceremony in Los Angeles to prepare to do a professional job: "If I do something I want to give it my all". "The offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn't work out the way it should have".

From there Hart spoke about his upcoming schedule, and how he wouldn't be able to dedicate himself fully to the award show that he's now moved on from. "I love to love - if you don't see that, then that means it's a problem with you..."

The Academy Awards will reportedly air this year without a host - and it will be the first time the awards ceremony will air without a host in almost three decades, according to Variety. I'm over that, I'm over the moment, and I'm about today.

Hart had already apologized for the jokes, but said he would not continue to apologize for them. There was a possibility of Hart coming back if the Academy felt his appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show revealed true remorse, but Hart once again played the victim card as opposed to offering any kind of a genuine apology.

"I'm not saying how I've changed anymore, I'm not saying what I've done and what the new me is". So if it's accepted, great, but if it's not, it's nothing I can control.

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

"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. There will not be one comic opening the Oscars with a monologue, a comic who risks entering the crowded Oscars Hall of Fame of Bad Hosts, as David Letterman once did. No one wants to be put under the microscope the way Hart was.

The Academy was also reportedly angry with DeGeneres for allegedly misleading viewers about a conversation she had with an anonymous Academy official about having Hart reinstated.

Goldberg said on "The View" last month after Hart initially stepped down amid controversy: "If you want to go hostless, that's your prerogative".

"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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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