2019 Oscars to go ahead with no official host

The 2019 Academy Awards will not have an official host for the first time in three decades. 

After weeks of scrambling to find a replacement for Kevin Hart, the Academy has opted to forgo having an official host, a spokesperson told ABC News. 

It's not since 1989 that the Oscars have gone without an official host. That year, producer Allan Carr decided to have more presenters instead of an MC.

Within 48 hours of being named Oscars host last year, actor and comedian Kevin Hart resigned after being blasted online for past homophobic comments and jokes. 

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star has a history of making jokes that are widely seen as homophobic, which some people said should rule him out of hosting the prestigious Oscars.

Some of Hart's tweets that use the slur 'f****t', or variations of it, resurfaced on social media, along with a segment from his 2010 comedy special Seriously Funny.

"One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That's a fear. Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people," Hart said. 

"But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will. Now with that being said, I don't know if I handled my son's first gay moment correctly.

"Every kid has a gay moment but when it happens, you've got to nip it in the bud!"

Despite US TV host Ellen DeGeneres advocating for the comedian to get his hosting role back after he stepped down, social media users called out Ellen for giving him a free pass. 

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 25 (NZ time).