Hart fall­out raises ques­tions

The Times-Tribune - - BRIEFLY -

LOS AN­GE­LES — The dust is still set­tling from the fall­out of co­me­dian Kevin Hart’s short stint as host of the 91st Acad­emy Awards.

Hart an­nounced on Thurs­day night that he was bow­ing out of the gig af­ter pub­lic out­rage over old anti-gay tweets reached a tip­ping point.

Faced with de­clin­ing rat­ings and a crit­i­cal view­er­ship, host­ing the Os­cars is re­ferred to by many in Hol­ly­wood as the most thank­less job in town.

Now, ev­ery­one is spec­u­lat­ing as to who will take on the host­ing du­ties for the Feb. 24 tele­cast. Names be­ing pro­posed in­clude Whoopi Gold­berg, Tom Hanks and Ellen Degeneres, who hosted one of the high­est-rated Os­cars shows in re­cent years.

It’s just the lat­est storm for the or­ga­ni­za­tion that puts on the Acad­emy Awards, which has been com­bat­ing de­clin­ing rat­ings for its mar­quee event.

The Acad­emy also has been weath­er­ing the pres­sure of be­ing a fo­cal point for the short­com­ings of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try at large.

Kevin Hart

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