The 2020 Oscars service in February will have no host, the head of ABC Television Entertainment said on Wednesday.
“Allow me to confirm it today. Along with the Academy (of Motion Pictures), we’ve determined there will not be a conventional host again this season,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, told television reporters.
The 2019 Oscars has been the first in 30 years to have no sponsor and watched the crowd on broadcaster ABC increase to 29.6 million Americans, breaking up a four-year tendency of decreasing viewership for its live service.
Burke explained the choice to not have a host to the February 9 event, the most prestigious awards from the film industry, was motivated by great reviews this past year, when rock group Queen opened the series with a live performance to celebrate the box office success of their musical Bohemian Rhapsody.
Burke stated organisers planned on”replicating what worked for us – enormous entertainment value, large musical numbers, large humour.”
“A lot of amazing elements have come together and convinced us that we’re likely to have a remarkably entertaining series,” she added, without giving specifics.