For the first time in thirty years, the Oscars will be host-less. Months after Kevin Hart stepped down as a host, the president of ABC Entertainment, Karey Burke, told reporters that the Oscars will not have an emcee this year. The actor and comedian announced that he was stepping down as a host in December after homophobic tweets he posted almost eight years ago, surfaced over social media.
In January, Hart tweeted, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s. This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.” He then went on to apologize again to the LGBTQ community, adding “We thought it was OK to talk like that because that’s how we talked to one another … This is wrong now.”
The last time Oscars went without a host was in March of 1989, when producer Allan Carr decided on having more presenters instead of an MC.
The Oscars are set to air on ABC at 8 p.m. EST on February 24.