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Oscars show to go hostless - for only second time

Oscars show to go hostless - for only second time

This year's Oscar ceremony will go ahead without an official host for only the second time in its history, an ABC television executive said on Tuesday (February 5).

Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Oscars show to go hostless - for only second time

It's less than three weeks until the biggest event in the showbiz calendar, but the 2019 Oscars will be rather different.

The ceremony will go ahead on February 24 -- but without an official host.

It'll be only the second time in history that's happened.

ABC entertainment boss Karey Burke says instead the award presenters will act as hosts.

Comedian Kevin Hart was lined up to host the show.

But, in December, he stepped down after past homophobic tweets resurfaced.

ABC said the decision to have no host was taken after the -- quote -- "messiness" over Hart's withdrawal.

The host traditionally opens the ceremony with a comedic monologue or song and dance number.

Show producers are instead promising what they call "a pretty exciting opening" for this year's show.

While audiences have been dropping in recent years, Burke said that speculation over the ceremony was an encouraging sign that the Oscars were still relevant.

Mexican drama "Roma" and British historical comedy "The Favourite" lead the nominations with 10 nods apiece.




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