MTV’s "Video Music Awards" announced a format change for this year’s ceremony. The New York Post reports that the telecast won’t feature a host this year.
Instead, the program will focus on more performances and what a representative calls "surprise comedic moments," the story reports.
The telecast will air at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The show has previously ditched a host on three other occasions: in 2004, 2007 and 2011.
Skipping a host doesn’t appear to have hurt ratings, with the 2007 and 2011 telecasts both reporting bigger audiences than the year before. Last year’s "VMA" telecast, hosted by Kevin Hart, was watched by only 6 million viewers, fewer than half of the previous year’s total, the piece adds.