Oscars 2019 ceremony to go without host after row.
This year’s Oscars will be held without an official host – for the first time in 30 years.
The head of ABC Entertainment, which airs the Academy Awards ceremony , said it would instead highlight celebrities presenting the trophies.
Reports had suggested the broadcaster was struggling to fill the role – one of the toughest in US show business.
In December, Comedian Kevin Hart pulled out from hosting the ceremony following a controversy over homophobic tweets.
ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said the ceremony on 24 February in Los Angeles would forgo a host and “just have presenters host the Oscars”.
The decision was taken after Hart’s withdrawal, she said.
Ms Burke added that “the mystery” hanging about this year’s event “has been compelling”, proving that viewers were keen to watch it.