The Oscars will reportedly have no host this year after the fallout with comedian Kevin Hart who stepped down from the role over resurfaced homophobic tweets.
For the first time in nearly three decades, producers will select A-list celebrities to present and introduce segments instead of having one person host the entire night, sources tell
With the 91st Academy Awards just six weeks away, producers are reportedly scrambling to coordinate the celebrity lineup for February 24.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences currently has no offers for an alternative host after Hart confirmed Wednesday that he would not be hosting despite a public push from Ellen DeGeneres to do so.
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The Oscars will reportedly have no host this year after Kevin Hart confirmed Wednesday he would not be hosting because he did not have enough time to prepare for them
Hart confirmed that he would not host the Oscars during an unapologetic interview on Wednesday morning where he said he was ‘over’ discussing his homophobic tweet and had ‘nothing to prove’ to anyone.
The comedian appeared on
Stone-faced, he said: ‘I am done with it. It gets no more energy.
‘For the last time, I am done addressing this. There is no more conversation about it.
‘I’m done with it, I am over it.’
Asked how he had evolved since his 2009-2010 tweets about ‘f*gs’ and disowning his son if he ever came out as gay, Hart would not be drawn.
‘I have explained how I evolved. I’m not saying how I’ve changed anymore. I’m not saying what I’ve done and what the new me is. I’m not giving no more explanation.
‘I’ve done it several times, I’ve talked about it. I am just done.’
Later, he said it was ‘your problem’ if his apologies, which after he stepped down from the Oscars instead of saying sorry, were not accepted.
‘I’m a good person. If you don’t see that, it’s a problem with you. I shouldn’t have to prove who I am, I shouldn’t have to prove the levels of love that I am capable of giving.
‘If anybody out there wants to think that Kevin Hart is such a monster that he wouldn’t love someone because of their choice in life, then all power to ’em,’ he said, giving his only promise throughout the interview that he was not homophobic as accused.
‘I am not over-delivering it, I am not overproving it because you find yourself in a position where it still won’t be received and you go, “What else do you want?
“‘You want blood? You want my arms?”‘ he went on.
He would not agree to do the Oscars again, he said, because there was now not enough time left for him to prepare.
‘I am not hosting the Oscars this year… right now, from a time perspective, I don’t have the time.
‘You’re talking about two weeks that I would have to prepare,’ he said.
‘I like to call myself a perfectionist. I would want to make sure the production is a great representation of me and my talent.
‘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.’
Hart said that the backlash Ellen DeGeneres received for supporting him proved that there was ‘no ending’.
‘If you keep feeding this energy, then it’s going to grow,’ he said.
Unamused: Hart was stern as he repeatedly told host Michael Strahan that he would not apologize again for his remarks or explain how he had changed
Hart was named as the host of the 91st Academy Awards in December. He took proudly to social media afterwards to announce it but his elation was short-lived.
Within days, Twitter users had unearthed his old tweets and demanded that he be removed.
Among them were posts where he labeled people ‘f**gs’ and jokes about what he would do if his son came out as gay.
Despite the backlash, Hart refused to apologize and instead quit over the controversy, blindsiding the Academy and leaving them without a host.
He said the Oscars gave him an ultimatum; apologize or give up the gig. He chose the latter.
Harts homophobic tweets from 2009 – 2011 resurfaced last month after he was given the gig. He deleted them years ago
Hart later appeared on Ellen where she defended him and called for him to get the job back. Her comments enraged the LGBTQ community
In Instagram posts afterwards, he said he had already addressed the tweets in the past and refused to dive back into the discussion, saying instead that it would only seek to ‘feed the trolls’.
Later, he appeared on Ellen where both he and she called for viewers to embrace growth and change.
During their interview, she revealed that she had even called the Academy to ask if Hart could still host the show and said she was told he could.
Ellen, who has long been an icon in the LGBTQ community, was lampooned for throwing her support behind the comedian afterwards.
Hart later came to her defense, saying: ‘When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge.
‘You can’t change without a understanding of what GROWTH means.’
On Tuesday, he made a frustrated apology on his radio show where he said: ‘Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community.
‘I apologize. I am now moving on from this because I’m just hoping that the apology is accepted.’