Oscars 2020 probably won't have a host either

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From Digital Spy

Following the resounding success of this year's hostless Oscars, it now seems highly likely that 2020's ceremony won't have a host either.

According yo Entertainment Weekly, ABC Entertainment Chief Karey Burke recently told reporters that ABC won't concern itself with looking for someone to present the next Academy Awards, instead electing to have multiple presenters again.

“You will not see us messing with that format to the best to our abilities,” said Burke. She added that they were "unbelievably happy with the results [this year]. Hopefully we will have that same kind of success when we approach [next year's show]".

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This year's ceremony had an audience of 29.6 million on ABC, up 11% from 2018's all-time low of 26.5 million.

The figures had been on the decline for four straight years with more and more viewers electing not to tune in to the three-plus-hour ceremony.

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But the reformatted and speedier broadcast sits as the most watched non-sports show across all US TV since the 32.9 million who tuned in for the 2017 Oscars.

The Academy decided to run the 2019 Oscars without a host after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role. The comedy actor faced a major backlash after a number of old homophobic tweets resurfaced, prompting him to apologise to the LGBTQ+ community.

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