Published: Thu, February 07, 2019

Oscars aim for "brisk" 3-hour show without a host

Oscars aim for

Dwayne Johnson is the latest actor to explain why he won't be hosting the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.

Since then, there have been a few rumored hosts, but a narrative going through the entertainment press has been that the Academy is having a hard time attracting A-list talent to emcee the award show.

"It's really compelling. People really care", she told reporters during the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif.

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.

"There wasn't messiness beyond the Kevin Hart situation". After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course. In fact, the last time the Oscars had no host, it was a complete disaster. "Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept them in the conversation", she contended.

"So the producers, I think, decided wisely to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and the movies being the stars", Burke said. "She promised to keep the February 24 telecast down to just three hours", Del Barco added.

He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people".

Comedian Kevin Hart in December stepped down from hosting the Oscars amid criticism over past homophobic tweets, for which he apologized.

The head of ABC Entertainment, which airs the Academy Awards ceremony, said it would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies.

Hart is not quite as busy or prolific, but is one of the most sought-after comic leads in Hollywood, and appears opposite Bryan Cranston in the controversial-but-buzzy The Upside, a serious drama that may open some new doors for the actor.

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