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Oscars To Go Hostless for 2nd Straight Year on ABC

Oscars To Go Hostless for 2nd Straight Year on ABC Photo: ABC

Created: January 08, 2020 03:05 PM

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The Oscars are going without a host again this year.

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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.

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