After almost a year of speculation, it’s now official. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are opting to go without an official host for the 2020 Oscars telecast. This will be the second straight year that the ceremony will not have a designated personality at the helm. Karey Burke, entertainment president for ABC, the network that carries the Oscars, confirmed the decision during her executive session at TCA:
Together with the Academy, we have decided there will be no traditional host, repeating for us what worked last year. [It will have] huge entertainment values, big musical numbers, comedy and star power.
You may recall that the Oscars were forced into going hostless last year after comedian Kevin Hart withdrew his bid as host two days after landing the gig due to public backlash surrounding a decade-old tweet. It was the first time that the telecast went without since 1989. Instead, the ceremony featured different skits starring big-name presenters.
How do you feel about the Oscars going without a host for the second year in a row? Do you prefer the format? Are you looking forward to getting a host back some day in the future? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!