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Kevin Hart Is ‘Done’ Talking About His Oscars Controversy: ‘I’m Over It’

10 January 2019
Kevin Hart Is ‘Done’ Talking About His Oscars Controversy: ‘I’m Over It’

The comedian appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday morning and gave an unequivocal "no" when asked by host Michael Strahan if he would host the event, in light of some pushing for him to retract his decision to pull out.

It appeared as though Hart might reclaim the role of Oscars host after Ellen DeGeneres' campaign for the academy to reinstate him following his appearance on her talk show earlier this month.

As a result, Hart stepped away from hosting the ceremony, which drew more ire.

'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'.

He told "GMA" he's not giving any more explanations. "I don't know what you're looking for", he told Strahan on Wednesday. Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right.

"You're not getting no more of my energy from it", he added. Probably not! It's 2019, and the Academy needs to get it through their heads that in our society of fractured entertainment options, the Oscars are never going to recapture the ratings they once had. Unless, of course, the Academy changes their minds again at the last minute - but at this point, we're only 46 days from the ceremony, and asking anyone to take such a high-profile job with so little time to prepare seems near-impossible.

"If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that's the fight". Shortly after, reports have floated that ABC is open to Hart returning hosting the Oscars, which have flagged in viewership over the past few years.

Quoting the start of one of the controversial jokes from his 2010 stand-up routine during the show, Kevin paraphrased: "I want to say that I have no problem with gay people". "You will not hear me say anything else about it ..." But within 24 hours, social media users had dug up tweets dating back to between 2008 and 2011 in which Hart used homophobic and hateful language.

Ellen DeGeneres, who was recently named the most admired LGBT+ person in the United States, invited him on her show last week to convince him and the rest of America that he should fulfil his dream of hosting the Oscars.

DeGeneres - a past Oscars host herself - said she called the Academy and asked them to reconsider having Hart host.

"No. I'm not hosting the Oscars this year", he said. Many also questioned Hart's framing of the initial backlash to his old tweets as a personal attack on his celebrity rather than a community demanding a respectful apology.