Last year's Oscars recorded an 11.5% jump in viewership
Notably, last year's live telecast of the Oscars ceremony averaged about 30 million viewers, up by a whopping 11.5% from the preceding year. In 2018, the viewership of the award show had hit an all-time low of 26.54 million viewers.
Previously, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Kimmel have served as Oscars host
Hart's departure wasn't the first time that the Academy had to deal with a host stepping down. Previously, Eddie Murphy had quit the job of Oscars host in 2012. In the past, stars like Hugh Jackman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel have served as Oscars host.