The Oscars are considering having no host for 2019 after Kevin Hart quit

Ricky Gervais previously offered to replace fellow comedian

The Oscars are considering having no host for their 2019 event, after original host Kevin Hart quit. The comedian stepped down from hosting the Academy Awards next year after homophobic tweets from eight years ago resurfaced online.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Hart wrote: “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars. This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

Hart added: “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

Now it seems the organisers of the Academy Awards are struggling to find a replacement. According to Variety, the Academy were taken by surprise by Hart’s refusal to apologise, and subsequent stepping down from the TV show.

They’re reportedly considering no single host for the event and instead offering “a bunch of huge celebs, something SNL style, and buzzy people”.

Canadian-American comedian and political commentator Samantha Bee responded to the news, tweeting:

“We need to find a new man to host!”
“How about a woman?”
“But can we find a man who isn’t homophobic?”
“What about an LGBTQ…“
“Maybe no host?”
“But I think there’s a woman or an LGBTQ comic who would be grea…”
“It’s impossible to find the right straight man! No host it is!”

Another user wrote:

“people who should host the oscars 2019:

-john mulaney
-the muppets
-john mulaney AND the muppets”

90s heartthrob Devon Sawa suggested that Ryan Reynolds should host, while Andy Cohen said it was clear that Cher should step up to the plate.

Last week, Ricky Gervais offered to host the Oscars, promising to not offend anyone. He has previously hosted the Golden Globes.