Kevin Hart will not be the host of the Academy Awards. He buckled under intense public scrutiny and tweeted early Friday morning how he wished not to be a distraction. Hart apologized to the LGBTQ community for his “insensitive words.”
On Thursday, the comic refused to apologize for homophobic tweets from almost a decade ago. Kevin Hart had deleted those tweets since the announcement on Tuesday that he will host the 2019 Oscars.
Hart Instagrammed a message to his 66 million followers on Thursday afternoon. He revealed that the Academy gave him an ultimatum to apologize or they would find a new host. Hart told his followers how he’s a different man and grown since tweeting homophobic slurs.
Hart stood his ground (quote) “I passed, I passed on the apology. I’m not gonna continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I’ve moved on. I’m in a completely different space in my life.” (The Wrap)
Talk About It:
- Kevin Hart knew better in 2010 than to crack jokes about his son playing with dolls and homophobic slurs.
- Making an apology is either acting weak or being strong. It all depends upon your perspective.
- The Motion Picture Academy has had a difficult time recruiting a host. It’s become a job that nobody wants.
- Maybe Joey Fatone will host it. He’s always looking for a job.
- Jimmy Kimmel hosted the past two years. There’s a natural fit because the Oscars and his late-night talk show are on ABC.
- Such a shame because Kevin Hart would’ve made a great host.