Following the Kevin Hart debacle, The Academy Awards has gone rogue.
This year's Oscars are poised to embark on a bonafide reinvention as, for just the second time ever, the lengthy awards show will be going hostless.
According to Variety, producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments of the show, instead of relying on one household name to keep the show going amid a flurry of costume changes.
It's understood that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the group behind the Oscars – is all a-flurry in an attempt to secure A-listers and Hollywood starlets alike for the big day, which airs in just six weeks time on 24 February from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
The change of plan, of course, is due to the Kevin Hart kerfuffle, which saw the 39-year-old comedian – who had originally been hand-picked by the Academy to present – scrapped due to the discovery of a series of homophobic tweets from his account.
Hart said confirmed the news during a Wednesday sit-down on “Good Morning America,” where he emphatically stated that he would not be present on stage at the broadcast.
“I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” said Hart. When asked if he will host in the future he said, “It’s hard to predict what can happen.”
The Oscar broadcast has only gone host once before, some 30 years ago.
However, that broadcast lives in infamy as the 1989 awards show gave us producer Allan Carr, Snow White, dancing tables and Rob Lowe giving us a version of 'Proud Mary,' that we never asked for.
The piece ran for over 11 minutes, and rumour has it, ruined the career of Carr (the guy who produced Grease) forever. Lowe is still trying to live it down, naturally.
It's understood that this year, the role of host has been minimized considerably. And, apparently, guests can look forward to more of a variety show vibe.
Roll on 24 February!