Kevin Hart rules out hosting the Oscars, says he's 'over it'

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The academy plans to restructure and shorten this year's Oscars to three hours, handing out some categories during commercial breaks.

The dilemma occurred after Kevin Hart dropped out in December previous year, soon after he was named the host by the Academy, due to several anti-gay comments he made on Twitter in 2010 and 2011.

The US comedian and actor pulled out of hosting the award ceremony in December amid controversy over homophobic tweets he posted nearly a decade ago.

"Whoopi really is game to do it though".

Instead of featuring one single host, the show will rely on a group of actors and celebrities who will introduce various segments and awards. "I think it's a dumb idea", the 63-year-old said on The View.

Now that Kevin Hart has officially turned down the second chance at hosting the Oscars, even after some poking and prodding from Ellen DeGeneres, the ceremony is officially without a host. For the last time, I am done addressing this.

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Crews, who worked alongside Hart in 2004's Soul Plane, then went on to impart some wisdom on him before acknowledging the public's role in magnifying the scrutiny around the comic.

The development follows Variety reporting on Wednesday that the February 24 ceremony will not have a host at all following the Kevin Hart mess.

"I don't actually think the Oscars does need a host", said Toronto producer J. Miles Dale, who won an Oscar a year ago for "The Shape of Water".

"I've always been the first to accept a dare", he says.

Back in 1988, the Academy Awards went live without a host. "It's hard to predict what can happen", he added.

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