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

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Comedian Kevin Hart in December stepped down from hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets resurfaced.

The Oscars ceremony has gone without a host only once before in its 91-year history, in 1989.

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.

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

"After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course", she explained.

Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Evans and Constance Wu are among them.

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The role of anchoring the Oscars has thrown up problems for a number of hosts since then.

The producers will continue to announce talent joining the show in the coming weeks, and, as previously announced, the show will feature musical performances of the five Original Song nominees.

Burke also lauded the movie academy's pledge to keep the ceremony to three hours, avoiding the overtime that can drain off viewers.

Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, the network which broadcasts the Oscars, said the February 24 ceremony would "just have presenters".

According to reports, the Oscars will not have a host this year after the Kevin Hart controversy. "This year's show maintains Oscar traditions, and is also evolving to reflect our global audience".

Be sure to check out our sister site TV Guide for more on the 2019 Oscars, which will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24 starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (or Monday Feb. 25 from 1 a.m. GMT/12 p.m. AEDT) from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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