If some members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – the organization behind the Oscars – prevail, the ceremony will not have a host in February.
"Dump the host! Make the show two hours! Kill the opening number, cut off all the skits, "one said. "This is your evaluation ticket."
"It's on the table," a second AMPAS member told The Post.
The uproar comes after comedian Kevin Hart, 39, has announced that he will not hold an Oscar ceremony in February. After gay and lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and other LGBTQ supporters, homophobic and anti-gay jokes he had tweeted only in 2011.
Some Hollywood sources say the high-level position is not worth the potential risk
"We no longer encourage our customers to [host the Oscars]," said a prominent agent. "Every host gets harvested by the vultures.
" The job becomes a loss for everyone, and Hollywood has finally figured it out, "the agent added." Big stars have a lot to lose, and new ones do not get ratings. "[It'snotthefirsttimethattheAcademyAwardshavebeenthesubjectofmuchcontroversy:in201
A manager representing many comedians predicts that finding a replacement for Hart will be difficult to find faultless. "Comics are Equal Opportunity [joke tellers]: Ju the, black, gay, hetero. Political correctness is not funny. It's hard to find someone who is funny and healthy.
A longtime television producer agreed: "If [the Academy] throws somebody young, he does not have any skeletons, but he gets no ratings. And everyone over 35 has something to hide.
An academician confided that "Hart is what [we’re] is looking for: young, black, funny – and with 66 million Instagram followers. For the Oscars, there are ratings and variety that you can think about. Hart [Hart] initially refused to apologize for his past tweets.
In an Instagram video, he said he had raised the issue and said, "I'm almost 40 years old. If you do not believe that people are changing, growing and evolving with age, I do not know what to say to you.
He added to the Oscars fiasco: "We feed the Internet Trolls and we reward them" (After retiring, Hart made a statement stating, "I apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive ones Words from my past. ")
Already declining for a year, Oscars & # 39; 2018 The ratings fell a proud 19 percent In October, the Academy tapped the popular" Shakespeare in Love "producer Donna Gigliotti and the director for Awards Ceremony, Glenn Weiss, with the specific goal of building flimsy values.
This refers to both the # TimesUp wave, which led to the exclusion of Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and Bill Cosby from the Academy, as well the enormous confrontation with "La La Land", which was mistakenly voted the best picture winner in 2017 "Moonlight." Weiss and Gigliotti are considered safe, intelligent, yet entertaining decisions: "That's why they hired them."
At least one source at ABC, which broadcasts the Oscars, believes the network should have more influence every new choice of host. "Networks think about things like vetting," an ABC lawyer told The Post.
"We should have a lot more input, but the Academy is always excluding us."
Meanwhile there are fewer and fewer reasons for stars Take the Oscar hosting gig. After running the show in 2017, Jimmy Kimmel announced that he had received only $ 15,000. Famous people such as James Franco, Anne Hathaway, Seth McFarlane, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Rock have all been insulted for their performance and slack ratings in recent years. Among those who reportedly refused the job: Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld and Justin Timberlake. (So far, Busy Phillips and Ricky Gervais have thrown their hats into the ring for 2019.)