Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Oscars to go 'host-less' after Kevin Hart controversy

Oscars to go 'host-less' after Kevin Hart controversy

Kevin Hart, 38, stepped down from presenting next month's ceremony after some of his past controversial tweets emerged, for which he has since spoken out twice to apologise. And the cast of The Avengers are The Oscars' number one choice.

The White Chicks star even compared himself to Hart, pointing out that he sometimes becomes a bit defensive when his wife accuses him of something wrong.

"I know they're trying to use the host as a way to get better ratings, but that's really not where the ratings come from - they come from the movies", said Thompson, IndieWire editor-at-large.

"There's no more conversation about it..." To combat that lackluster news, the Academy is scrambling to try to add to flare to the awards ceremony. Representatives of the Academy say that in recent years the ceremony is too much focused on the role of facilitator. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) together onstage. Honestly, it sounds like a terrible idea and we have no idea if it will actually work.

Back in 1988, the Academy Awards went live without a host. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the host is paid between $15,000 and $25,000. "The offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn't work out the way it should have". Because it feels nice, everybody tells you it's going well while you're doing it. "I'm a good person, I love to love, if you don't see that, then ... it's a problem with you".

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