The Oscars Are Going Host-less for Second Year in a Row


The announcement was made by ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke on Wednesday (January 8) during the TCA winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

Now, rather than being pushed into a corner again, ABC is willing to try the host-less experiment again and rely on various actors and talent to keep things flowing. Kevin Hart was initially set to host but he stepped down after old controversial tweets resurfaced.

The 2020 Academy Awards ceremony will be hostless for a second year. Ratings for the Oscars broadcast rose a bit last year for the hostless show, and ABC announced Wednesday that there will be no emcee this year either.

The Oscars will again go without a host next month, repeating a format credited with boosting ratings previous year, U.S. network ABC confirmed Wednesday. Nielsen reported 29.6 million viewers tuned in to the 2019 show, while there were 26.5 million viewers in 2018.

This isn't the first time the show has gone on without a host.

The 92nd Academy Awards will air live from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on February 9.