Oscars 2019 ceremony to take place without a host

Oscars 2019 ceremony to take place without a host

Oscars 2019 ceremony to take place without a host

"We can confirm that there will be no host", a spokesperson from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences told AFP without elaborating.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will officially forgo a host on Hollywood's biggest night later this month, according to ABC's new entertainment chief Karey Burke, whose network will broadcast the ceremony. "I've ironically found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been really compelling", she said. Burke is aware of the trend and is looking into it, but she still has faith that the Academy is putting on a show people will want to watch. "I think we're going to see a big turnout for this, because these are big, popular movies that are being nominated".

Burke, who was named president last November, admitted she was initially concerned over the idea of having no host, the first such instance for the Oscars in 30 years.

"Award shows ratings are down across the board, so it is a challenge, and one that we have to keep very vigilant about, to make sure the show stays relevant and entertaining", she said. As relayed by The Hollywood Reporter, she also confirmed that the goal is to keep the show to three hours, which is good news considering last year's event was nearly as long as Gone With The Wind.

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"This time, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke says the decision to go without a host was made "wisely" by the show's producers".

The exec did not go into details on the actual ceremony, but shared that she and producers plan to meet later this week to discuss specifics on the telecast.

Comedian Kevin Hart in December stepped down from hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets resurfaced. "I passed on the apology". "I have to be honest - it did [prove worrying at first]". "I've said where the rights and wrongs were".

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