The Oscars to Air Without a Host

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The 91st Academy Awards will go forward without a host, it has been announced. 

Fox News is reporting that a publicist with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed there will be no formal host for the event. 

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Kevin Hart was initially confirmed to be the host of the event which celebrates the best talent in the world of movies. 

However, he decided to step away from the event when old tweets from the past resurfaced, and fans took issue with the homophobic nature of them. 

Despite refusing to step down from his post, Hart later confirmed his decision to leave his hosting duties in his rear-view mirror. 

"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," Hart shared on Twitter back in December.  

The plot thickened in January when Hart appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Ellen attempted to get Hart to change his mind about hosting. 

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DeGeneres felt the ire of the internet when she persisted and said that it would be possible for him to take on the job he was originally supposed to do. 

The decision to go host-free is probably for the best. The Academy probably wants to forget all about the controversy so that all eyes can be on a rock-solid show. 

The Academy has also confirmed which celebrities be appearing on the telecast.

They are:

Tina Fey

Tina F. Picture

Whoopi Goldberg

Brie Larson

Daniel Craig

Jennifer Lopez

Chris Evans

Amy Poehler

Maya Rudolph

Charlize Theron

Awkwafina

Amandla Stenberg

Tessa Thompson

Constance Wu

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What are your thoughts on the show going host-free?

Hit the comments below. 

The 91st Academy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8/7c on ABC.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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