Oscars chaos keeps awards show relevant
The disarray over the exit of Kevin Hart as the host of the Oscars had an upside — people paid attention, ABC’s entertainment president said.
“Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity … has kept the Oscars really in the conversation, and the mystery has been really compelling,” said Karey Burke, whose network is the ceremony’s home.
She called the interest proof the Oscars are still relevant. Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Evans and Constance Wu are among the presenters.
The 2018 show drew a record-low 26.5 million people, a 20 percent drop from the 2017 show and the first time Oscar viewership dipped below 30 million, according to Nielsen records that go back to 1974. The best-picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” only grossed $57.4 million in the U.S.
The host-less Oscars was a decision everyone involved agreed with quickly after Hart withdrew in December, said Burke.
Hart dropped out amid criticism over years-old homophobic tweets, for which he eventually apologized.