Kevin Hart today stated he is definitely not going to host the Oscars. He made the comments on Good Morning America.
Hart was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscars ceremony late last year. Almost immediately, old tweets surfaced in which he joked that he would beat any son of his who showed signs of being gay.
Hart has previously addressed the tweets, but initially refused to bow to pressure from the Academy Awards to apologize for them. Then he announced he would step down from hosting duties, and apologized.
The controversy has continued to dog him. Last week, chat show host Ellen DeGeneres came to his defense. She suggested people needed to show Hart forgiveness.
DeGeneres urged the Academy Awards to reinstate him as host. She told Hart she had spoken to representatives of the Academy and they had indicated they would still like him to host. This led many to speculate that he might return to oversee the event. Hart himself said he was assessing the situation.
Yesterday, Hart issued another apology over the tweets, saying, ‘Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.’
He also called on the LGBTQ community to accepted he had changed.
‘I’m not hosting the Oscars this year’
However, if his apologies were made in order to reclaim the Oscars gig, he today suggested that boat had sailed. He said there would not be time to prepare for the gig even if he wanted to do so.
In a tense interview with Michael Strahan, Hart said ‘no’ when asked if he would emcee the event.
‘I’m not hosting the Oscars this year.’
He also said he was ‘done’ with the controversy over his past tweets – which date back to 2011.
‘For the last time I’m addressing it.
‘I’m over it … There’s no more conversation about it … I’m over that, I’m over the moment.’
Strahan pushed Hart to explain how he has ‘evolved’ on the subject, but Hart refused to be drawn.
‘I’m not giving no more explanation of who I am. I’m just done.
‘If you didn’t [hear the apology], I don’t know what you’re looking for. I’m a good person, I love to love, if you don’t see that then it’s a problem with you.’
The interview was ostensibly to promote Hart’s new film, The Upside.
No new host yet announced by Academy
The 91st Academy Awards take place 25 February 2019. As yet, no replacement host has been announced. There has been some speculation the Academy may use multiple hosts instead of relying on one.
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