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Report: Oscars to go without a host in 2019 following Kevin Hart controversy

Posted: 6:49 AM, Jan 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-10 07:06:34-05

It won't be Kevin Hart hosting the Oscars in 2019. In fact, it won't be anyone.

According to a report from Variety , the Academy Awards won't feature a singular host for the first time since 1989.

Instead of featuring one single host, the show will rely on a group of actors and celebrities who will introduce various segments and awards.

Hart was originally tapped to host the Oscars in December. However, soon after he was announced as host, social media users dregged up decade-old tweets containing homophobic slurs and articles featuring homophobic language. Hart quickly deleted the old posts, but screenshots live on.

A few days after his old tweets went viral, Hart claims the Academy asked that he apologize. He choose not to, instead saying in an Instagram that he chooses not to live in the past, refusing to "feed Twitter trolls."

A day later, Hart announced he was formally turning down the hosting gig.

Last week, Hart when on "Ellen" to discuss the controversy. DeGeneres offered her support for Hart.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.