2019 Academy Awards to have no host

            By Umar Farooq</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - For the first time in 30 years, the Academy Awards ceremony will have no official host.</p>  <p>The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences found itself in a bind after comedian Kevin Hart stepped down following an uproar over homophobic comments he made in the past.</p>  <p>It spent weeks trying to find a replacement for Hart but came to the conclusion that it would hold the ceremony without a host, a spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.</p>  <p>Hart was selected to be the host of the awards ceremony after being a regular attendee each year. While beginning his career as a comedian, he also began appearing in comedy movies, starring alongside actors and actresses like Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman.</p>  <p>Following the announcement that Hart would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards, the decision was scrutinized due to his past history of making homophobic jokes.</p>  <p>Hart issued an apology, saying he would no longer be hosting the ceremony.</p>  <p>&quot;I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s... this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he said on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.&quot;</p>  <p>The last time the ceremony was held without a host was the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, which received poor ratings and opened with a number that critics said was questionable and ran far too long.