The Academy is pushing forward without a host for this year’s Oscars.
The ceremony will air with no host for the first time in 30 years, according to Variety. The Academy Awards has had a host for every show since 1990.
This year’s host-selection process was utter chaos. The Academy took a suspiciously long time selecting a host. When Kevin Hart was finally handed the duties, old homophobic tweets by the comedian resurfaced and a significant social media backlash quickly forced him to resign.
Instead of employing a solo host, producers will select various A-listers to introduce segments. Sources tell the publication that everyone behind the scenes is scrambling to put together enough star power to carry the show.
Ellen DeGeneres recently championed to have Hart reinstated as Oscars host but the “Night School” star emphatically told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, “I’m not hosting the Oscars this year.”
One rumour circulating is the Oscars will emphasize music on the backs of likely nominees Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, and Kendrick Lamar. The 91st Academy Awards will air February 24.