25/02/2019 7:14 AM IST | Updated 25/02/2019 7:18 AM IST

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler And Maya Rudolph, The Hosts We Deserve, Open The Oscars

"The Saturday Night Live" trio are the hosts we always wanted.

The 2019 Oscars kicked off without a host ... and then Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph walked on stage. 

After Adam Lambert and the original band members of Queen kicked off the show with a rock-heavy medley, the trio of comedians welcomed the crowd to the ceremony, insisting again and again they were not the hosts. 


The Academy announced earlier this month that the awards show would charge ahead without a host for the first time in 30 years after Kevin Hart exited over controversy regarding his old, homophobic tweets. 

Fey, Poehler and Rudolph went on to poke fun at the carousel of controversies that have surrounded the awards show this past year, including the much-derided popular film category.

“There is no host tonight. There won’t be a popular movie category, and Mexico is not paying for the wall,” Rudolph joked. 

The mere presence of the beloved “Saturday Night Live” trio sent Twitter into a frenzy, with many fans watching along clamoring for them to host for real. 

The actresses then transitioned out of their non-hosting schtick and went on to present the Best Supporting Actress award to Regina King for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”