Following Kevin Hart's decision to step away from hosting the 2019 Oscars after a series of homophobic tweets were unearthed from his account, it has now been revealed that the Academy is struggling to find a replacement.
The Get Hard actor was only announced as host on Tuesday before his homophobic tweets, some of which dated back as far as 2009, resurfaced.
However, rather than simply apologize, Hart decided to also step down from the role as he did 'not want to be a distraction'.
Speaking about his decision, he wrote on Twitter, "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....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."
Since announcing his resignation, the Daily Mail has revealed that organizers are struggling to find a replacement for what is now 'the most thankless job in town'.
Matthew Belloni from The Hollywood Reporter echoed this, saying, "Oscars host has become a not very desirable job in Hollywood. Very few people see an upside. You put a huge target on your back.
The editor also spoke of Hart's problems, adding, "He checks all the boxes for a show like the Oscars. He's a legitimate movie star. He's a funny guy and can handle the stand-up element of the show. And he has a gigantic social following.
"And to the academy, that's important. They want someone who can bring a new audience to the show."
However, Belloni believes the vetting process wasn't thorough enough. "I think it's embarrassing. It shows that they either didn't vet this host properly, or they did vet him and didn't think this would be an issue. And both are a little troubling."
Of course, journalists were immediately keen to remind the Academy of the homophobic comments Hart made between the years of 2009 and 2011 shortly after he was announced as host.
One of these comments was part of a live standup routine in 2010 which saw the American comedian express his fears on stage that his son might end up gay.
As well as issuing an apology on Twitter, Hart also shared a video on Instagram which suggested that the Academy had asked him to apologize but not stand down.
"I chose to pass, I passed on the apology. The reason I chose to pass is because I've addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up, I've addressed this... I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different space in my life," he said.
"Regardless, Academy, I'm thankful and appreciative of the opportunity. If it goes away no harm no foul."