The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed there will be no host for the 2019 Oscars.
Soon after, the news of no host for the Oscars broke out, people took to their Twitter handles to express their disappointment over the matter. She also mentioned that a "lack of clarity" over the ceremony kept the Oscars in the headlines. While Burke wouldn't confirm which categories might be getting axed for television, she did talk up the performances.
The 2018 show drew a record-low 26.5 million people, a 20 percent drop from the 2017 show and the first time Oscar viewership dipped below 30 million, according to Nielsen records that go back to 1974.
The comedian stepped down in December, just hours after he was announced as the host, after homophobic tweets he posted nearly eight years ago resurfaced.
Burke said the decision was taken after what she called "the messiness" over the Hart withdrawal and an attempt to revive his chances.
"After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course", she explained. "She promised to keep the February 24 telecast down to just three hours", Del Barco added. "Producers wisely chose to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be the stars, and that be the best way to keep the show at a brisk three hours".
"The list of presenters is phenomenal and growing", Burke said.
The Oscars host traditionally opens the ceremony with a comedic monologue focusing on celebrities, the state of the movie industry as well as cultural and political issues.
She added that speculation over the shape of the ceremony was an encouraging sign that the Oscars were still relevant.
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars", wrote Hart, who as well as his stand-up work has recently starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Night School. "That's the best way to keep the show to a brisk three hours".