Oscars to go hostless for 2nd straight year

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 16:40:20-05

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. C

omedian 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.