The 2019 Oscars will be without a host for the first time in decades

Kevin Hart stepped down after he was attacked for offensive tweets he posted a decade ago.

The Oscars will air without a host.

ABC bosses and Academy Awards chiefs have given up on trying to persuade Kevin Hart to reconsider his decision not to front the big show on 24 February (19), and new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke has confirmed the prizegiving will be without a host for the first time in decades.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday (05Feb19), she said, "Ironically, the lack of clarity surrounding the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been compelling. People really care. It's fascinating. We're going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated. People really care to see who is going to win."

Hart was confirmed as the Oscars host in December (18) and raved about landing his dream job, but critics forced him to back down after uncovering 10-year-old tweets featuring derogatory language towards gay people he had fired off.

The comedian has since apologised for his ill-advised social media remarks, insisting the time was not right for him to host the Academy Awards.

"There wasn't messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation," Burke revealed. "After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course. There was an idea that they were going to have the presenters just host the Oscars. We all got on board with that... Producers wisely decided not to have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be the stars."

She also promised the show will not overrun, insisting all the awards will be handed out in a "brisk three hours".

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