Comic Kevin Hart is not irreplaceable. But the Academy Awards may not search for his replacement to host the 2019 Oscars.
The Board of Governors will meet Tuesday to discuss their limited options. A Hollywood agent said, (quote) “They’re freaking out.”
Hosting has become a thankless role. Kevin Hart was not their first, second or even third choice. Those people declined the invitation to host the Oscars.
One option would be to run the awards ceremony without a host. Alternatively, there’s talk of possibly hiring “a bunch of huge celebs, something Saturday Night Live-style, and buzzy people to throw to commercial.” (Variety)
- Tiffany Haddish and Dwayne Johnson are popular choices, but unlikely to cross their friend, Kevin Hart.
- Had Kevin Hart immediately apologized, he’d still be the host.
- Jimmy Kimmel might be persuaded to return for a third time. However, he also has a problematic history from his days on The Man Show.