Magazine article Screen International

Oscars to Proceed without Show Host

Magazine article Screen International

Oscars to Proceed without Show Host

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ABC Entertainment president hints at ‘very exciting opener’ for February 24 telecast.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will go ahead later this month without a show host, the Academy confirmed on Tuesday (5).

The show on February 24 will instead highlight the presenters, as the Academy and network ABC aim to keep the telecast to a trim three hours.

The move comes after actor and comedian Kevin Hart stepped down as show host in December after old homophobic tweets resurfaced. Last month Hart flirted with the idea of reevaluating the role when encouraged to return by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, eventually opting to stick to his decision.

The matter created confusion and on Tuesday ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke sounded an upbeat note as she said the lack of certainty had kept the Oscars in the conversation. …

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