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Former Oscars Host Seth MacFarlane Explains Why the Academy Could Have a Hard Time Finding 2019 Host

Seth MacFarlane, who hosted the Oscars back in 2013, is explaining why it’s hard to find a celebrity who wants to take on the job.

“Look, it’s a gig that has all eyes on it. And when you’re doing something that’s that much in the spotlight, with that much focus on it, that much intensity, you’re going to have a lot of opinions from a lot of people. I’m trying to think of the last time that I read a review of the Oscars the next day where everyone is raving about it—it’s been a long time,” Seth told EW.

“The thing about award shows in general is, it’s kind of a dusty format. It’s a format that’s about as current as the 1950s variety show format. There’s always an effort to make it interesting and exciting to viewers who are used to a very different entertainment landscape in the modern era, and it’s often times fitting a square peg in a round hole. So it’s not an easy job, and I’m not surprised that they have a tough time finding takers,” he continued.

He added, “It’s fun! It’s a fun gig. I’ll tell you that much.”

Kevin Hart was lined up to host the Oscars but stepped down over some unearthed, controversial tweets.

The 2019 show will air on Sunday (February 24), and rumors are swirling that the Academy is having a hard time locking in a new host.

Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars 2019: 'I Sincerely Apologize to the LGBTQ Community'

Kevin Hart has decided to step down from his hosting duties at the 2019 Oscars.

The 39-year-old comedian took to Twitter on Thursday (December 6) to explain his choice to fans, which he made after facing concerns about his history of homophobic tweets that recently resurfaced.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s,” he tweeted. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.”

“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” he added.

“I’m sorry that I hurt people,” Kevin wrote in another tweet. “I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

Check out a video Kevin shared on Instagram just ahead of his resignation below.

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Kevin Hart Responds to Homophobic Tweet Controversy After Oscars Host Announcement (Video)

Kevin Hart is breaking his silence over concerns about his history of derogatory jokes concerning the LGBTQ community, which have resurfaced after he was announced as host of the 2019 Oscars this week.

The 39-year-old comedian took to Instagram on Thursday (December 6) to share his thoughts.

“Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….” he wrote. “I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING.”

“I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me,” he continued. “I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….”

“Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive,” he added. “Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day.”

The controversial tweets were posted between 2009 and 2011.

Watch Kevin‘s video below.

Kevin Hart is Hosting the 2019 Oscars Ceremony!

UPDATE: It’s official – Kevin is hosting the show!!!

Kevin Hart is in talks with the Academy to host the 2019 Oscars, according to THR!

The 39-year-old actor would be hosting the show for the first time if the deal goes through. He has publicly said that he’d love the gig.

“That would be a major accomplishment. With what I’ve done and the progress I’ve made in my career, that’s definitely the next major step, I feel, for a comedian,” Kevin said on Live! With Kelly & Michael in 2015.

Kevin previously hosted the MTV Movie Awards with Dwayne Johnson.

The Academy has promised that the 2019 ceremony will not run over three hours and six to eight categories will not be announced during the televised portion of the evening.

Cicely Tyson to Receive Honorary Award at Oscars 2019

Cicely Tyson is going to be honored in a major way at the 2019 Oscars!

The 93-year-old actor will be one of the recipients of this year’s honorary Oscars, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cicely Tyson

landed her first major role was in the 1968 film The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. She has been awarded with a Tony, two Emmys, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

Cicely will be the first black woman ever to receive an Oscar in an honorary category at the upcoming Governors Awards – which will take place on November 18.

Congrats Cicely!