Kevin Hart, a comedian, declined to host the 2019 Academy Awards after homophobic tweets he sent in the past surfaced.
in Los Angeles The Oscars will have a host for the first time since 2018, broadcaster ABC announced on Tuesday, following a recent decline in the night's television ratings. The most significant award ceremony in Hollywood will return to the Dolby Theatre for the 94th Academy Awards, which are set for March 27. Just over 10 million people tuned in to last year's unconventional event, which was held at a Los Angeles train station with no host and saw a 56 percent drop from 2020, which was already a record low.
In a virtual panel discussion organized by the Television Critics Association, Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, announced, "You heard it here first, I can confirm that this year's Oscars will have a host."
Erwich declined to comment further, particularly on Jimmy Kimmel's potential return as host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the 2018 and 2017 Oscars, respectively. It could be me, he joked.
Kevin Hart, a comedian, declined to host the 2019 Academy Awards when homophobic tweets he had previously sent surfaced.
Since he was not replaced, future Oscar ceremonies received criticism for lacking focus and humor, even if that year's hostless format received accolades and was even imitated by other award events like the Emmys.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Tuesday that seasoned director Glenn Weiss will helm the Oscars for a record-breaking seventh time.
The program, which will be produced by Will Packer and was postponed for a second year in a row, hasn't been given many specifics.
The postponement was made public months before the Omicron variation pushed several Hollywood programs to cancel live performances this winter, apparently to avoid conflicting with the Winter Olympics in February and the Super Bowl in Los Angeles.