Last year, the Oscars went without a host -- the first time in three decades -- after Kevin Hart pulled when old homophobic tweets resurfaced Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File

Oscars to go without host for second year

By Frazer Harrison

The Oscars will again go without a host next month, repeating a format credited with boosting ratings last year, U.S. network ABC confirmed Wednesday.

"Together with the Academy, we have decided there will be no traditional host, repeating for us what worked last year," ABC entertainment president Karey Burke told a television summit near Los Angeles, according to showbiz website Deadline Hollywood.

"[It will have] huge entertainment values, big musical numbers, comedy and star power."

An ABC spokeswoman confirmed the report to AFP.

Last year, the Oscars decided to go without a host -- the first time in three decades -- after their original choice Kevin Hart pulled out when old homophobic tweets of his resurfaced.

In the end the event was considered a success and the show enjoyed a year-on-year increase in ratings.

The host-less format has not always been so well received, however.

The previous time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tried it, one of the most infamous moments in Oscars history was born: an awkward song-and-dance number featuring actor Rob Lowe and... Snow White.

The Oscars are handed out on Feb 9.

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Get Harvey Weinstein to do it and then change the whole thing into a roast. That would be interesting.

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it,s not what it used to be (a few years ago and especially a few decades ago and early 00,s), that,s for sure...

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I haven't watched the Oscars in years

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Please do it without the actors and actresses.

People could watch it without reaching for the sick bucket during the speeches.

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Yup, Harvey would be a good choice.

Or a hologram of (say) Ronald Reagan........

Whole awards schtick and ceremonies are so overblown and self congratulatory.

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Look I'm sure this will get downvoted and you know, I'm as far left on the political spectrum as anyone I know but... this is what happens when you demand lifelong perfection from people in the public eye. Kevin Hart had to step down because of things he tweeted over a decade ago that he had already apologized for multiple times. I'm sure nobody wants to step directly into that minefield atm.

Go and find a comedian, seriously, that hasn't said something provocative in their career for a cheap joke. I'll wait.

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