The Oscars will have no host this year

Kevin Hart

Controversy began when his homophobic tweets resurfaced online.

Instead of featuring one single host, the show will rely on a group of actors and celebrities who will introduce various segments and awards.

The show producers are trying to move forward with a broadcast that will focus on starry skits and play a high-profile year for music in films, owing to the nominations of singers like Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton and Kendrick Lamar.

The show will go on for the Oscars without a host for the first time in decades, according to a new report from Variety.

Comedian and a former Oscars host Ellen Degeneres had Hart on her show and pleaded with him to reconsider, saying the Academy wanted him back.

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However, on Wednesday, January 9, (Thursday, January 10, Philippine time), Hart made an appearance on NBC's Good Morning America and officially closed any doors on becoming the Oscars emcee this year.

A day later, Hart announced he was formally turning down the hosting gig. "Right now from a time perspective, I don't really have time". The last time it happened was in 1989, when it opened with an infamous musical number starring Rob Lowe and an actress playing Disney's Snow White.

It's said that the show's producers are now working overtime to try and sign up as many big-name Marvel stars as possible and that several cast members were asked not to present at the Golden Globes in order to make their appearances at the Oscars that little bit more special.

The 2019 Oscars ceremony will air February 24.

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