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Oscars to go hostless for 2nd straight year on ABC

Oscars 2020 will have no host | Source: MGN
Oscars 2020 will have no host | Source: MGN(KALB)
Published: Jan. 8, 2020 at 3:50 PM CST
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The Oscars are going without a host again this year.

ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke says the Feb. 9 telecast will focus on big musical numbers, comedy and star power.

Last year's Oscars attracted 29.6 million viewers, second-smallest in the show's history but 12% more than in 2018, which ended a four-year slide in viewership.

Comedian Kevin Hart was originally announced as host, but he backed away when some tweets he posted a decade ago resurfaced causing controversy.

Burke says ABC expects some very popular Oscar nominations when they are announced on Monday, which tends to increase viewership.

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