"So the producers, I think, decided wisely to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and the movies being the stars", Burke said. The Academy announced the first round of presenters on Monday (February 4), just 20 days before the live ceremony will be broadcast to TVs across the country, and they are actually - surprisingly - pretty fun.
Hart issued an apology to the LGBTQ community and resigned as Oscars host.
Burke's worries about the host-less February 24 ceremony have vanished as it comes together with a "phenomenal" line-up of presenters, she told a TV critics meeting.
Burke said the decision was taken after what she called "the messiness" over the Hart withdrawal and an attempt to revive his chances.
The previous two Oscars have been hosted by late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel.
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The comedian stepped down in December, just hours after he was announced as the host, after homophobic tweets he posted nearly eight years ago resurfaced.
She added that speculation over the shape of the ceremony was an encouraging sign that the Oscars were still relevant. "There are big popular movies being nominated".
"Award shows ratings are down across the board, so it is a challenge, and one that we have to keep very vigilant about, to make sure the show stays relevant and entertaining", she said.
He said he did not want to be a distraction and that he was "sorry he had hurt people". The main goal, which I was told, was the Academy promised ABC a year ago after a very lengthy telecast to keep the show to three hours.
The 91st Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.