The 2020 Oscars Won't Have a Host...Just Like Last Year

Kevin Hart was supposed to host the 2019 Oscars but pulled out amid controversy, and has signaled that he would not be opposed to hosting the 2020 ceremony.

By Lauren Piester, Corinne Heller Jan 08, 2020 7:48 PMTags

And the job of hosting the Oscars goes to...nobody! Again!

Karey Burke, president of Disney-owned ABC Entertainment, whose network airs the ceremony, announced on Wednesday during the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour that the 2020 Oscars will not have a "traditional host."

"We expect that we're going to have a very commercial set of nominations and a lot of incredible elements have come together that make us think we are going to have a very entertaining show again," Burke said, according to Variety.

Last year, Kevin Hart was tapped to host the Oscars but pulled out of the gig after being criticized for past homophobic comments, remarks for which he apologized. The Academy then announced that for the first time since 1989, no one would host the annual show.

Ratings for the 2019 Oscars increased to 7.7 among the 18-49 demographic with a total audience of 29.6 million, marking an increase of 13% in the demo and 12% in viewers from the previous year.

In December, Hart signaled that he would not be opposed to hosting the 2020 Oscars.

"Hey look, I have nothing but love for the Academy," the comedian and actor told Variety. "I always will. I think that, you know, any conversation is always a good conversation. So, TBD. To be determined."

The 2020 Oscars will air live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, February 9, on ABC at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET.

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The nominees will be announced on Monday, January 13.

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ABC traditionally airs the Oscars, honoring the best in film, the Emmys ceremony, honoring the best in television, is broadcast in rotation among ABC and rival networks NBC, CBS and FOX. ABC is set to air the 2020 Emmys this September.

When asked if she had thoughts about who might host the show, Burke said, "Um, Baby Yoda?"

Watch E!'s red carpet coverage of the 2020 Oscars Monday, 10th Feb. starting at 9am. And don't miss the E! After Party special at 3:30pm for a recap of the 2020 Academy Awards!