There was speculation that he might return, but on Wednesday he told ABC's Good Morning America: "I'm not hosting the Oscars this year". "... I'm now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say, 'That shit hurt because of what I've been through'". 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 of who I am. "You're talking about two weeks that I'd have to prepare..."
On Tuesday, Hart said the chances of him taking the gig were "very slim" as he was confronted by photographers while promoting his new film, The Upside, but teased that an announcement may be imminent. "I've done it. You will not hear me saying anything else about it".
Lemon defended Hart choosing not to align himself with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual individuals.
Kevin Hart claims he's been trying hard to get back into the good graces of the LGBTQ community and took to the airwaves of his SiriusXM show "Straight from the Hart" this week to once again apologize for the homophobic jokes that landed him in big trouble. "The offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn't work out the way it should have". We both made valid points, he made one real strong point and when he made that point, I said I get it.
Ellen, who has always been an icon in the LGBTQ community, was lampooned for throwing her support behind the comedian afterwards. "This is wrong now", he said on the show.
Just three days later, he stepped down after homophobic tweets from eight years ago re-emerged; he said he's already apologized for the tweets and that he's not the same person he was at that time.
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Last month, the 39-year-old comedian announced he would not be hosting the upcoming Academy Awards after facing controversy over resurfaced tweets from almost a decade ago which contained homophobic remarks and offensive slurs. I'm not addressing it.
Now the father-of-three is hoping to help people become more accepting of the LGBTQ community, concluding his show by telling listeners: "I think that in the times that we're living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change". I shouldn't have to prove who I am.
On Friday, he told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres he was "evaluating" whether he should reverse his decision. "I can't do that right now".
"They're gonna win if you don't host the Oscars", DeGeneres said, referring to "trolls" online.
Hart was named as the host of the 91st Academy Awards in December. "No, they weren't "haters" who came after you".