Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Kevin Hart Decides He Won't Host the Oscars After All

Kevin Hart Decides He Won't Host the Oscars After All

Just hours earlier, Hart had told Hollywood trade publication Variety that he would not reconsider.

But Ellen DeGeneres urged him to host the show during an interview that aired on her talk show in the United States on Friday. But given an ultimatum to apologize, he did so and stepped down. Hart made a decision to step down.

In the next segment, Ellen said that she wants him to host the Oscars and that she even called a representative of the Academy to try to get him his hosting gig back.

Is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really going to beg for Hart to take the job after seeing the reaction on social media? Literally the next morning.

Reportedly, Kevin was at the Ellen Show on Thursday, and his performance was "contrite and defiant". I'm not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on. "I've addressed this several times". I've apologized for it. "I don't care how many sitcoms you lost in the 90's".

Kevin Hart used "gay" as a derogatory term on Twitter.

"Comedians are some of the biggest risk-takers", Hart said.

"I know who I am". I know that I've taken the ten years to put my apology to work. Twitter users didn't have to comb through "40,000 tweets" worth of content to find Hart's homophobic jokes as Hart insists. "Now I'm a little upset", he said. "But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will". It was, 'Kevin Hart steps down because he refuses to apologize for homophobic tweets.' This was what was said and it was blasted all over the internet, and the word "again" somehow got lost, which was a major word. "I don't do that anymore".

It should be noted that during the junket for Get Hard in 2015, journalist Louis Virtel asked Hart directly about that film's somewhat homophobic slant, and Hart responded that "funny is amusing". You've done it. Don't let those people win. That was my reason for doing it!

Degeneres told Hart that she forgave him for his comments and encouraged him to ignore the "haters" so he can host the event with "sophistication, class, [and] hilarity". "I'm now taking away from those moments because the night is focused on something else now. That's how I see it".

"That's why they [The Academy] haven't found another host", she said. Once again, I'm sorry these words hurt.

"I personally thought his apology after ... all this broke was sort of a non-apology apology", Huntsman said.

"You can't grow as a person without mistakes".

Hart's non-apology tour could be a signal that the Academy is planning on offering the hosting gig to him again.

"There are so many haters out there", DeGeneres says. She said that his homophobic tweets aren't an accurate representation of the person she knows. "That's an attack, that's a malicious attack on my character, that's an attack to end me, that's not an attack to just stop the Oscars".

The US comedian and actor was named as host for next month's Academy Awards but pulled out after offensive tweets, originally posted between 2009 and 2011, resurfaced. His past simply became more visible once it became clear that he'd be hosting an awards show that, frankly, has had a very large, very loyal LGBTQ audience for decades and decades.

"He has apologized and he has evolved in his position", she said.

"This is to damage the lives that have been invested in me", he asserted.

"Would I ever do it? I don't want you to have to wait, so now it's gonna air tomorrow", she tweeted. I've yet to go back to that version of the immature version of the comedian that once was.

Though he stayed firm on his stance that he won't host the show, he does believe that he'll be on the stage one day, and insisted that "there's no ill will toward the Academy".

Let's ask a simple question: How is it anyone's "right" to host the Oscars?

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