Academy Awards PC’d itself out of a host, floats a host-less Oscar night after ironic turn of events

When members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences threatened to oust comedian Kevin Hart as the Oscars host unless he publicly apologized for allegedly homophobic jokes he made almost a decade ago, they expected him to kowtow to their demands.

Instead he initially publicly pushed back against the Academy. But in doing so he triggered so much backlash from social justice mobs that he wound up voluntarily resigning from the gig.

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This left the Academy reeling, say insider sources who spoke with Variety magazine: “They’re freaking out,” one source said, adding that the Academy had no contingency plans in place.

While the Academy could just rehire Jimmy Kimmel — he hosted both the 89th and 90th Academy Awards in 2017 and 2018, respectively — or pick another late-night host, members of the 91-year-old organization are now frightened they might trigger the SJW mob again.

And so the Academy is now bandying about the idea of ditching a host altogether and instead utilizing “a bunch of huge celebs, something ‘SNL’ style, and buzzy people” to keep the show moving, according to Variety’s insider sources.

“A stunt like a group monologue was floated, one source added,” the magazine reported.

The Academy has until Feb. 24 to arrive at a solution.

The brouhaha started last week after the Academy announced Hart as the Oscars host. Following the announcement, SJWs and their media allies began highlighting the comedian’s “hateful” past.

When the Academy heard of the growing backlash, it reached out to the comedian to demand that he issue a public apology or be removed as this year’s host.

Hart initially refused, explaining in a video statement that he’d already apologized in an interview four years ago and therefore saw no reason to apologize again.

“So I just got a call from The Academy. That call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets or we’re going to have to move on and find another host. … I passed,” Hart said.

“The reason that I passed is I’ve addressed it several times. That’s not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it.”

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This one video spawned massive backlash from social justice warriors adamant that Hart had basically just doubled down on his alleged bigotry, homophobia and hate.

The backlash grew so severe that Hart voluntarily stepped down from his host role and issued a Twitter apology for allegedly hurting people.

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While this did little to temper the criticism against him, it did leave the Academy in a tough spot.

“My clients are bummed. They’re bummed Kevin didn’t stay the course and serve as an example. It dampens the experience, hopefully [the Academy] can pull it together so we can focus on the excitement,” one top talent rep said to Variety.

No matter who the Academy ultimately chooses to host the upcoming Oscars, chances are the event’s ratings will plummet even further than last year’s dismal ratings.

Why? Mainly because a large number of Americans are fed up with Hollywood, albeit not for its alleged racism and homophobic. They’re sick of Hollywood because of its political correctness.

Like one critic commented at Variety, “The show is no longer about spotlighting excellence in film craft. It’s become a self-righteous, agenda-filled, PC, quota conscious parade of what passes for ‘excellence.’”

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Vivek Saxena

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