The Oscars have come up with a plan for what to do about a host after Kevin Hart made it clear he’s not going to do it. Variety reports that for the first time in almost 30 years, the show will forge ahead without a host.
The report cites insiders with knowledge of the plans.
“Producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders,” Variety reports. “The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.”
The report notes that no new offers have gone out, nor are any expected to be made to an individual potential host.
“Barring an eleventh-hour pivot by the Academy — in the event that a superstar host materializes — the show producers are moving forward with a broadcast that will focus on starry skits and play up a high-profile year for music in film, thanks to likely nominees Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton and Kendrick Lamar, one individual involved with the show said,” Variety reports.
Hart made it clear this morning in an uncomfortable interview with Michael Strahan on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he has moved on from the controversy over his past homophobic comments and that he will not be hosting this year’s Academy Awards. Here’s the video …