Kevin Hart will not be hosting the Oscars. He's previously said he will not be hosting the Oscars after actually stepping away from hosting the Oscars a few weeks ago. Now, on Good Morning America, Kevin Hart spoke to Michael Strahan, once again explaining he won't be taking the main stage at the big movie awards event. He said:
No... I'm not hosting the Oscars this year. It's hard to predict what can happen and I don't want people to think there's a thing between me and the Academy, because there isn't. The Academy, they're amazing people, the offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn't work out the way it that it should have. Right now from a time perspective, I don't have the time.
Previously, Kevin Hart stepped down after some homophobic tweets resurfaced online. The tweets were jokes made he had previously apologized about in the past. After they resurfaced, Hart made the rounds to explain he was a changed person and to re-apologize on social media.
This time around on Good Morning America, he reiterated more than once comments along the lines of "for the last time I'm addressing this." He said he was leaving the conversation as it was and if people aren't willing to accept his previous apologies, he feels there's really nothing else he can say on the subject. In addition, if anyone had hopes Kevin Hart might change his mind about hosting the Oscars, those hopes should die now.
In addition, her says he will not longer continue to apologize for the comments he had previously tweeted and apologized for years ago.
Part of the confusion around the Oscars may stem from another interview Kevin Hart did on Ellen a few days ago. At the time, the daytime TV host said she believed in Kevin Hart and had even called up the Academy to tell them she personally felt Kevin Hart had changed in the time since he tweeted almost a decade ago.
It almost seemed to be a part of a comeback for the actor or a bid to take the awards back. However, apparently that's not so.
Meanwhile, the Academy Awards still don't have a host this year, and not a lot of people seem excited about stepping up to the plate. Seasoned hosts like Steve Harvey have even come out to explain why they wouldn't put their name in the ring for the gig. Thus, the search continues.
In the meantime, Kevin Hart's new movie The Upside, about a struggling former criminal who ends up taking care of a paraplegic (played by Bryan Cranston in the movie), will open on January 11. Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22. With a little luck and some fairy dust, hopefully we'll have a plan for the event by then.