Hart To Host UPDATED - Oh No He Isn't!
UPDATE - With barely enough time to cite “creative differences” Kevin Hart has dropped out of hosting next year’s Oscars. (Well, we did say it was a poisoned chalice.) The issue appears to be concerning some previously homophobic comments and Tweets the man has made over the years. Here’s what he had to say -
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I'm sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again."
It later emerged that the Academy had issued Hart with an ultimatum – make a formal apology for his misguided past Tweets, or walk. Obviously, he took the latter option.
"I passed. The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. Regardless, to the Academy, I'm thankful for the opportunity, if it goes away, no harm, no foul."
Now the big question remains – who is going to replace Hart in what should be a coveted gig, but appears to be one that nobody wants to take on. (Is it too late to go knocking on Billy Crystal’s door again?)
ORIIGINAL POST - And the (poisoned?) chalice has been passed…Kevin Hart has signed on to jost next year’s Oscars. The most recent host, Jimmy Kimmel, drew critical raves but diminishing ratings. The producers are clearly hoping to reverse that trend. This is what Hart had to say for himself –
"I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. Now it's time to rise to the occasion. I appreciate @TheAcademy for the opportunity. For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same...I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it's suppose to."
The Oscars will be both hosted and revealed on February 9th
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