Last night at the 2019 Oscars, stars rose and stars fell (literally), people showed up in their Sunday best, and things went pretty much the same way that they always have.
Except, there was no host.
Why should a show that relies on a host to keep the segments moving throughout the night completely ditch the position altogether?
Originally in December, the Academy announced that the comedian Kevin Hart would be the one to host the awards. His comedic timing and appeal to a wide audience made him the perfect choice. That is, until someone uncovered a number of homophobic tweets that the comedian had written years ago
In response to the tweets coming out, Hart made an Instagram post claiming that he was not the same person who wrote those things all those years ago. However, the video was more defensive than apologetic.
"The same energy put into finding those old tweets could be the same energy put into finding a response to questions that have been asked year after year," he said in the video. "We feed internet trolls and reward them. I'm not going to do it. "
His video was not enough to satisfy the public, and Hart eventually stepped down from the position, claiming that he did not want to be a distraction for a night that should focus on the talent of the actors.
In a last ditch effort to get Hart back on America's good side, he appeared on the show hosted by America's sweetheart, Ellen DeGeneres.
DeGeneres was a heavy supporter of Hart reclaiming the role of Oscar's host. She even called the Academy for him.
"I called them, I said," Kevin's, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts? "She recalled on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . "And they were like," Oh my God, we want him to host! " We feel like that maybe he was misunderstood or it was handled incorrectly. Maybe we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host. Whatever we can do, we would be thrilled. And he should host the Oscars. ''
Unfortunately, the rest of the country was having a hard time accepting his apology.
On Jan. 7th, Hart tried again.
"I understand why people are hurt, I understand what these words mean, I'm sorry," he said Straight From the Hart. "This is wrong now because now … I'm around the people of the LGBTQ community and I'm now aware of how these words make them feel. … And more importantly, within my comedy act, I'm gonna make sure that I do not do anything else offensive. "
By the time he appeared on Good Morning America, he was over apologizing
"I've addressed it, and I've said everything I can say … I've done everything I can do," he said on the show. "If [my apology’s] accepted, great; if it's not, it's nothing I can control. … I'm done with it. "
He claimed that he ultimately decided not to host the Oscars this year because he had no time.
"I do not have the time," the comedian told Michael Strahan. "I would like to call myself a perfectionist. If I do something, I want to give it my
The 2019 Oscars
Despite having a host for the first time since 1989, the show went off without a hitch.
Will the success of this year's Oscars, cause the Academy to reconsider the use of hosts in the future?
Will the success of this year's Oscars, cause the Academy to rethink using hosts in the future? Only time will tell.
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