The last time the ceremony had no host was in 1989 at the 61st Academy Awards, and it started with an 11-minute musical segment instead.
Variety reported in January that for the fist time in almost three decades, the Academy will televise the show with no host, instead utilising a handful of famous faces to present different segments. "There was an idea that they were going to have the presenters just host the Oscars", Burke said. "The producers, I think, wisely made a decision to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars".
"We can confirm that there will be no host", a spokesperson from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences told AFP without elaborating.
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. More nominees will be named in the coming weeks, and as previously reported, all five of the Best Song nominees will be performed during the telecast.
She added that speculation over the shape of the ceremony was an encouraging sign that the Oscars were still relevant.
A number of Academy Awards ceremony have had no host.
He said: "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's... this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many awesome talented artists".
The 91st Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.