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Oscars to go host-less for 2nd straight year on ABC

Popular Oscar category postponed by Academy Awards
Posted at 1:28 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 18:41:54-05

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - 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 anti-gay tweets he posted a decade ago resurfaced.

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