Hollywood's biggest night, the Oscars ceremonies, will not feature an official host guiding the event this year, according to the president of ABC Entertainment which will broadcast the Academy Awards on February 24.
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Burke discussed the telecast fleetingly at the TV Critics Association tour, stressing that a top priority was to hold the ceremony to a "brisk" three hours. "There was an idea that they were going to have the presenters just host the Oscars", she added.
The 91 Academy Awards, the biggest night in Hollywood, will not have an official host this year and this is happening after 30 years, for the Academy Awards were conducted without a host in 1989. "Producers wisely made a decision to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be the stars, and that be the best way to keep the show at a brisk three hours".
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"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.
"I, ironically, have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation", she said. "People really care", Burke told reporters. "There are big popular movies being nominated".
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Kevin Hart (who, it's worth noting, will also return for the "Jumanji" sequel) was initially tapped to take on the hosting gig but following widespread backlash for a number of homophobic tweets, the actor was forced to step down from the position. "Or we're gonna have to move and find another host.' Talking about the tweets from 2009, 2010", Hart said in an Instagram video. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. I've said who I am now versus who I was then.