Academy Awards 2019: Who Is Hosting The Oscars This Year?

The 2019 Academy Award nominations have just been announced, but there still hasn’t been any news about who will be hosting the Oscars this year. Initially, things seemed to be running smoothly. Before the 2018 Christmas holiday, the Academy announced that comedian Kevin Hart would be stepping into the role of host this year. However, in the days following, the Ride Along actor backed out of the gig.

Now that the ceremony is just around the corner, who is hosting the 2019 Academy Awards?

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Why isn’t Kevin Hart hosting the Oscars?

Though he was initially scheduled to host the 2019 Academy Awards, comedian Kevin Hart pulled out of the ceremony when some homophobic jokes he’d made several years ago resurfaced. It didn’t help that the Night School actor’s apology tour was botched and lackluster. Though it seemed like he wanted to take back his role as host, by Jan. 2019 Hart had become combative and rude about the entire situation.

During an appearance on Good Morning America, he declared, “I am done with it. It gets no more energy. For the last time, I am done addressing this. There is no more conversation about it. I’m done with it, I am over it.” Good riddance.

Who is hosting the Oscars?

Though the 2019 Academy Award nominations were recently announced, there is still no host in sight for the 2019 Oscars ceremony. It looks like the Academy intends to press forward without a host, which is something they haven’t done since their disastrous 1988 Academy Awards which started with a musical number between Rob Lowe and an unknown actress wearing a Snow White costume. –it was awful.

How much does the Oscars host get paid?

One of the reasons the Academy Award hasn’t been able to nail down a host for this year’s Oscars ceremony is because the salary for the job is pretty abysmal. Celebrities are used to massive paychecks for their projects and appearances, but when it comes to hosting the Oscars, the paycheck doesn’t quite stack up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the host is paid between $15,000 and $25,000.

Though this might seem like a lot to us, with hours of rehearsal time, joke writing, preparation, and costume changes –along with the responsibility of running a smooth show, for many celebrities, it’s just not worth the hassle.

Why doesn’t anyone want to host the Oscars?

Hosting the Academy Awards sounds like one of the worst jobs in Hollywood. Comedian Seth McFarlane who hosted the ceremony in 2013 explained to Entertainment Weekly, “Look, it’s a gig that has all eyes on it. And when you’re doing something that’s that much in the spotlight, with that much focus on it, that much intensity, you’re going to have a lot of opinions from a lot of people. I’m trying to think of the last time that I read a review of the Oscars the next day where everyone is raving about it—it’s been a long time.”

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