The 2019 Oscars Will Have No Host

Academy confirms Oscars to go without host for first time in 30 years

Oscars to go without host for first time in 30 years

ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co televises the Oscars ceremony annually and is closely involved in planning the telecast. No replacement was announced but there had been no official statements on how the ceremony would proceed.

Burke's worries about the host-less February 24 ceremony have vanished as it comes together with a "phenomenal" line-up of presenters, she told a TV critics meeting.

The last time the Oscars went without a host was in 1989, when actor Rob Lowe was raked over the coals for his musical duet with Snow White. After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course. As relayed by The Hollywood Reporter, she also confirmed that the goal is to keep the show to three hours, which is good news considering last year's event was nearly as long as Gone With The Wind.

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The host-less Oscars was a decision that everyone involved got on board with fairly quickly after Hart withdrew in December, said Karey, who's been in the top ABC entertainment job just two months.

Hart, 39, apologized for his past comments in a tweet after stepping down as Oscars host and during his SiriusXM radio show Straight from The Hart in early January.

He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people".

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She added the Oscar nominee luncheon on Tuesday "was a very exciting room to be in". Audiences have dropped in recent years with the 2018 show attracting just 26.5 million viewers, the smallest number ever. "Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept them in the conversation", she contended.

Mexican drama "Roma" and British historical comedy "The Favourite" lead the Oscars nominations with 10 nods apiece. "That's the best way to keep the show to a brisk three hours". "It's fascinating. We're going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated".

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