The Oscars, a staple of the Hollywood elite, has seen consistently declining ratings. Last year, ratings for the award show hit a record all-time low. This is now reportedly pushing ABC to offer “guarantees” to advertisers, a kind of agreement that may necessitate partial refunds to advertisers if ratings fall below a certain number.
In a statement to Deadline, ABC denied that there were guarantee agreements in place, saying, “The Oscars is one of the most highly sought-out live events in the industry. Historically, we have never guaranteed Oscars, and this year is no different.”
There is no doubt about the declining ratings of the Oscars, as well as other award shows. The jokes are routinely politicized and since President Donald Trump’s election, they have served as events for endless celebrity Trump-bashing.
As Breitbart News’ John Nolte wrote after 2018’s ceremony:
The president himself even ripped the 2018 Oscars, saying, “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!”
This year’s Academy Awards were soiled with controversy months in advance, with comedian Kevin Hart stepping down from hosting the event after years-old gay jokes were discovered by online social justice activists.
Sunday’s telecast will now be without any host at all.
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