Following weeks of controversy and uncertainty over who will host the 90th Academy Awards, Variety reports there simply won’t be a host this year.
Comedian Kevin Hart dropped out of hosting the Oscars after homophobic tweets from his past resurfaced. While there’s been a recent push from celebrities like Ellen to reinstate Hart, he’s refused to take part in the ceremony. The Academy continues to receive considerable backlash over their apparent bungling of the situation.
Reports indicate Oscars producers will instead use “a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments.”
— Variety (@Variety) January 9, 2019
Despite repeatedly apologizing, Kevin Hart seems frustrated at the media whirlwind surrounding the latest Oscars controversy.
“It’s an onion – no matter how many times you keep peeling it, it’s just endless. There is no end to it,” said the embattled comedian to Stephen Colbert on last night’s The Late Show.
People on Twitter are split over how the hostless ceremony should proceed.
Great take from @MattDonnelly with the latest on the Oscar host mess. (My suggestion: Open with Gaga/Cooper doing Shallow, then have Kimmel do a quick monologue, making full light of the whole host mess. Then: Just presenters for the rest.) https://t.co/tiuKqklgsL via @variety
— Michael Schneider (@franklinavenue) January 9, 2019
Instead of a host, the Oscars will feature a slowly gathering darkness that will eventually swallow the world.
— Matt Christman (@cushbomb) January 10, 2019
— Lisa Marie Bowman (@LisaMarieBowman) January 9, 2019
The unfolding drama of the 90th Academy Awards is becoming a laughingstock online.
I think it's a good idea for The Oscars to have no host. No guests and no cameras would be good too. Just tweet the list of winners for anyone who still gives a fuck.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 10, 2019
I just got a robocall asking me to host the Oscars.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) January 5, 2019
After a lot of back and forth I have decided to continue with my decision to not host the Oscars this year. Unless asked. Then I would do it in a heartbeat. But no one will ever ask, so no. I’m out. Probably.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) January 9, 2019
While some have forgiven Kevin Hart, others in the LGBTQ community won’t accept his apology.
Very weird choice. The #Oscars have decided that if an unapologetic, gay-bashing comic can’t host, no one will.
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) January 10, 2019
BOYCOTT “KEVIN HART”
— David Hardin (@OKIEDAVE8675309) January 8, 2019
For someone who just wants to “move on”, Kevin Hart won’t shut the fuck up.
— manny 🐨 (@whodamanny) January 10, 2019
I’m genuinely annoyed by the arrogance of Kevin Hart throughout this whole thing. A simple apology and changed behavior would’ve sufficed. Now he is on a victim tour crying to white folks and I’m side eyeing the fuck outta him.
— Leshondra (@LeshondraHeron) January 5, 2019
Despite all the outrage, plenty of fans have come to Hart’s defense.
Never followed @KevinHart4real but just became a fan after he shows how people in the spotlight can deal with others that will never be satisfied. The huge upside of being authentic.
— Adrian Childers (@adrianchilders) January 10, 2019
— Lil Uzi Porge🎭 (@Gm0ney425) January 10, 2019
@KevinHart4real fuck all the haters. People can't take a joke anymore. People don't want to understand nuance and just want to be outraged. Keep doing you man, you'll never please everyone. Especially these extreme people living in our time.
— Julio (@Julios_Realm) January 10, 2019
But many still feel Hart could do more to apologize and make amends.
kevin hart is really on a press tour to explain why he's not sorry for being homophobic. wow.
— 🍯 I'M MALCOLM X 🍯 (@itssnaz_) January 10, 2019
For some, no apology or explanation will ever make up for the homophobic jokes Kevin Hart once made on Twitter. So while fans are bummed he won’t be hosting the Oscars, his decision to sit this one out is probably the safest move.
The lesson here? Be careful what you tweet, especially if you’re a public figure.