On Dec. 5, Kevin Hart broke the data.
“I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” he wrote in an Instagram put up. “This has been a goal on my list for a long time.”
The Academy welcomed him to the family, and former host Chris Rock acknowledged the group “got the best person for the job.”
Welcome to the family, @kevinhart4real! #Oscars https://t.co/vfcxAeJlwQ
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) December 5, 2018
But by the subsequent day, Hart had stepped down. The quick freeway to his dedication started with renewed consideration to a string of homophobic tweets he penned principally between 2009 and 2011. He has since deleted some, along with one which be taught, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.”
Hart’s anti-gay sentiment has moreover appeared in his standup supplies, akin to 2010’s “Seriously Funny,” whereby he claims “one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”
In a video posted to Instagram on Dec. 6, Hart explained the Academy had given him an ultimatum: apologize for the tweets, or put collectively for them to go looking out one different host. Hart acknowledged he would not apologize as a results of he had addressed the topic a variety of situations, and tproper right here was “no harm, no foul” if the Academy took the different away. The put up was captioned “I know who I am & so do the people closest to me. #LiveLoveLaugh”
About an hour later, Hart launched he would step down.
“I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he tweeted. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from the past.”
I have made the choice to step down from web internet hosting this 12 months’s Oscar’s….this is as a results of I do not want to be a distraction on a night that must be celebrated by so many great proficient artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ neighborhood for my insensitive phrases from my earlier.
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
In a assertion to The Wrap, LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD’s President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis acknowledged Hart “shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up” and used the second to carry consciousness spherical LBGTQ factors.
The Academy’s search for a host was joked about on “Saturday Night Live” a week later, and nearly a month handed with no data on the topic. Then on Jan. 4, Hart issued an apology on “Ellen.”
“I don’t joke like that anymore because that was wrong,” he acknowledged. “I’m sorry if these words hurt.”
However, he moreover known as the resurgence of his earlier tweets “an attack.”
“That’s an attack to end me. That’s not an attack to just stop the Oscars,” he acknowledged. “This was to destroy me.”
Ellen DeGeneres, a excellent gay celeb and former Oscars host, urged Hart to go ahead with web internet hosting, saying the people who launched up his earlier suggestions have been “going to win” if he didn’t. She moreover acknowledged she known as the Academy, who instructed her they may be “thrilled” if Hart would host. The Academy has not confirmed this.
I think about in forgiveness. I think about in second prospects. And I think about in @KevinHart4real. pic.twitter.com/oJxfGXhU4P
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenCurrent) January 4, 2019
The interview was met with criticism for every DeGeneres and Hart.
Jamar St. Rogers, a former contestant on “The Voice,” found DeGeneres’s view of Hart’s critics “dismissive and harmful.”
@TheEllenCurrent this is so disheartening. As every a former customer in your current and as a black gay man, to reduce Kevin’s critics as mere “haters” is dismissive and harmful. https://t.co/nNBPBjkqIR
— Jamar St. Rogers (@JSquidward) January 4, 2019
Ellis reiterated GLAAD’s genuine degree, Variety reported.
“From when this data first broke, GLAAD acknowledged Kevin Hart should not step down from the Oscars, he must step up and ship an unequivocal message of acceptance to LGBTQ youth that matches the strain and impression of his preliminary anti-LGBTQ remarks,” she instructed the publication.
In a column for Variety, Caroline Framke argued that Hart’s look on the current made the matter worse.
For Vulture, Megh Wright tried to unearth the apologies Hart acknowledged he had already made all through the “Ellen” interview. She concluded he had addressed or acknowledged the criticism, nonetheless found it “simply inaccurate to say that Hart has apologized for or sincerely reckoned with it in a meaningful way until his Ellen interview.”
Hart addressed the topic as soon as extra on his SiriusXM radio current “Straight From the Heart” three days later. He apologized and acknowledged “we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change,” in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter.
And on Jan. 9, Hart appeared on “Good Morning America” to set the file straight — he would not host.
“I’m over it,” he instructed Michael Strahan in response to a variety of questions surrounding the matter.
With last 12 months’s Oscars pulling in file low scores and fewer than seven weeks until showtime, many have been left to marvel who would take Hart’s place.
The comparable day that Hart appeared on “Good Morning America,” Variety reported that the Academy had chosen to forge ahead with out a host, and would alternatively embody many presenters and focus on the high-profile musical nominees akin to Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar. ABC News formally confirmed the program might be with out a host on Feb. 5. The Oscars have not gone with out a host since 1989.
Between Feb. 4 and Feb. 20, the Academy launched a slew of A-listers slated to present, along with Elsie Fisher, Jason Momoa, John Mulaney, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Pharrell Williams. Household names outdoor of leisure, along with Congressman John Lewis and Serena Williams, will present a few of the best picture nominees.