Hollywood superstar Kevin Hart is letting people know they can stop hoping he’ll host next month’s Academy Awards. The funnyman appeared on “Good Morning America” this week to once again let people know he’s done-done with the hosting talk.
In his one-on-one with co-host Michael Strahan, Hart emphasized he’s not considering doing the Oscars and wants to move forward with his career.
FULL INTERVIEW: @KevinHart4real addresses the #Oscars controversy surrounding homophobic jokes he’s tweeted in the past, one-on-one with @michaelstrahan: https://t.co/H7qgNuSWji pic.twitter.com/OR7aiwpO8z
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 9, 2019
At this week’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony, comedian Chris Rock shut down speculation about possibly replacing Hart to host.
“If it was five years ago, I could say something really offensive and funny right now, but I can’t do that anymore, so…heyyyy!” Rock cracked, as he took the podium at the NYFCC Awards where he was on hand to present director Bo Burnham with the award for best first film for “Eighth Grade.” … “Steve Martin is here. You should host the Oscars. You’re the best,” Rock said. “Steve Martin should host the Oscars! Because I’m not doing it, goddammit! You’re not getting me.” (Variety)
Earlier in the week, Kevin Hart went to his “Straight From the Hart” SiriusXM broadcast to apologize to the LGBTQ community for his past anti-gay tweets.
“I will say this, and I want to make this very clear. And I’m going to say it just in case you guys try to take this sh*t and chop it up, I will rebuttal with this f*cking piece right here. Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.” (“Straight From the Hart”)
Hart even dug deeper by analyzing his original tweets where he dished on gays.
“I really had to dive into the whole thing, even the tweets,” Hart explained. “These weren’t words that I said to gay individuals. I didn’t say these words to people, at the time, this was our dumb asses on Twitter going back and forth with each other. We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another. In that, you go, f*ck! This is wrong now.” The comedian went on to acknowledge in more detail how the social landscape has changed: “Now we’re in a space where I’m around people of the LGBTQ community, and I’m now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say, ‘That shit hurt because of what I’ve been through.’ (The Hollywood Reporter)