Kevin Hart Won't Host The Oscars And Says He Won't Apologize Again

Danny Woods
January 9, 2019

Asked about the controversy during an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Hart refused to elaborate further on his apology or how he may have evolved in the years since tweeting homophobic comments.

"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 incredible talented artists", he wrote on Twitter.

"I'm not giving no more explanation of who I am", he added.

On Tuesday, Hart said the chances of him taking the gig were "very slim" as he was confronted by photographers while promoting his new film, The Upside, but teased that an announcement may be imminent. He adds: "I'm riding with you guys".

But CNN's Don Lemon offered an emotional and thoughtful rebuttal to Hart's indifferent and indignant reaction, calling the plight of gay and black children a matter of "life and death", asking Hart to become an ally to a group of young Americans who live in danger due to cultural homophobia and backlash.

Hart apologizing for his remarks: "Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I didn't say these words to people, at the time, this was our dumb a-- on Twitter going back and forth with each other", he mused.

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"We thought it was okay to talk like that [in the past], because that's how we talked to one another", Hart explained.

Ellen, who has always been an icon in the LGBTQ community, was lampooned for throwing her support behind the comedian afterwards. You're talking about two weeks that I would have to prepare, ' he said.

Just three days later, he stepped down after homophobic tweets from eight years ago re-emerged; he said he's already apologized for the tweets and that he's not the same person he was at that time.

Hart was named as host of the 2019 Academy Awards show on December 4th of previous year but stepped down amid the controversy of homophobic jokes. "The opportunity was presented, I could have still done it, but I don't have the time to make it my own. I've said who I am now versus who I was then". I've addressed it. I've spoken on it.

On Friday, he told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres he was "evaluating" whether he should reverse his decision.

DeGeneres - a past Oscars host herself - said she called the Academy and asked them to reconsider having Hart host. "I can't do that right now". "You can't let them destroy you and they can't destroy you because you have too much talent". He took proudly to social media afterwards to announce it but his elation was short-lived. So you have to come to a point where you know that you've given all that you possibly can.

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