Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Kevin Hart on Hosting Oscars: 'I Can't Do It This Year'

Kevin Hart on Hosting Oscars: 'I Can't Do It This Year'

In a breaking piece at Variety, Academy insiders close to the show's planning have confirmed that Oscars 2019 will be entirely host-free, meaning no Kevin Hart, no Ellen Degeneres, no Chris Rock, not even Jimmy Kimmel.

Speaking to TMZ earlier this week, Hart, who notably stepped down from the gig after past homophobic comments resurfaced, alluded to the fact that there is a chance, regardless of how slim it is, that he will be stepping onto the stage at the Dolby Theater for the biggest awards show of the year. With that in mind, Hart was recently asked the question by Good Morning America's Michael Strahan, to which the comedian responded with a resounding no.

Kevin continued to speak about the scandal on his SiriusXM show Straight From the Hart on Monday, taking the opportunity to apologize again.

Which leads us to a 10-plus minute segment in which an obstinate Kevin Hart stonewalls Strahan's tireless effort to find any contrition or charm in the potential Oscar host.

'I can't do it this year, it's not going to happen, in the future if it does it does but it's not the conversation of today'. "I'm a good person, I love to love, if you don't see that, then.it's a problem with you. I don't know what you're looking for". If you feed this energy then it's going to grow. "I understand you", he continued, adding that he hopes the LGBTQ community can forgive him and accept he's a different person from the one who sent those tweets nearly a decade ago. I think that in the times that we're living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change.

Hart and Cranston tried to be as authentic to the characters as they could, the actor said, adding that the film really dives into perceptions, considering the two men come from two very different backgrounds. In another, he said if his son were to play with a doll's house, he would break it over the boy's head and tell him to stop being gay. The choice of Hart quickly came under fire, with critics noting the comedian's previous tweets and jokes expressing homophobia.

During his hit on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hart notably did not apologize and drew ire from many who noted that he was playing the victim card.

DeGeneres, who is openly lesbian, said she forgave Hart for the series of homophobic tweets and jokes. "So if people choose to continue to let it grow, then do what you got to do".

The last time the Oscars went without a host was in 1989, when the ceremony began with the infamous "Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White" disaster.

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