ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke made the announcement on Wednesday in a presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Burke said the decision to repeat “what worked for us last year” was made in concert with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The 2019 Oscars ceremony had a cloud of uncertainty around it leading up to the announcement it would go forward without a host.
Whether related to the controversy or the host-free approach, at the end of the day, Oscar ratings improved. Last year’s ceremony rose 12% to 29.6 million viewers, up from an all-time low the year prior.
The Oscars will air February 9 on ABC.