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Kevin Hart confirms he will not host Oscars after homophobic tweets

09 January 2019

The comedian, 39, struck a defensive tone on on Good Morning America Wednesday morning, emphasizing that he was "done" discussing the topic.

"Despite the efforts of former host Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart will not reemerge as host of the 91st Academy Awards, multiple sources are telling Deadline", the outlet reported.

Hart claimed in December that he was told to apologize for his homophobic statements or step down as the host of the Oscars, and he chose to step down. After facing some criticism for his appearance on Ellen last week, Hart further addressed the controversy over his old "homophobic" jokes on his Sirius XM radio show. "I've done all that I can do".

As part of his apology on his show yesterday, Hart quoted a homophobic joke from his routine in 2010: "I want to say that I have no problem with gay people". I want you to be happy, be gay, be happy.

Hart went on to express how exhausted he is of discussing the topic. "It gets no more energy from me", Hart said.

Later on "GMA", Hart opened up about his new movie, "The Upside" and how wonderful it was to work alongside Bryan Cranston, saying his co-star has simply perfected his craft. I'm done with it. "I'm over that, I'm over the moment". I aspire, I motivate. I love to love.

During the interview, Strahan pressed Hart to issue a message to parents who might have gay children. "If anybody out there wants to believe that Kevin Hart is that much of a monster that he wouldn't love somebody due to their choice in life then all power to them". You don't want to turn into what you're fighting against. I'm not addressing it. "I like to call myself a perfectionist". You're talking about two weeks that I would have to prepare, ' he said.

"I'm not shutting down the questions", he told Strahan.

"If you didn't [hear the apology], I don't know what you're looking for", he continued.

"I shouldn't have to prove who I am", Hart said Wednesday.

They ended the Oscar talk with Andy asking whether he'll ever host any award show in the future, something he clearly was not opposed to.

"Right now from a time perspective, I don't really have the time", he said. "So without addressing it or apologizing again, I've done it, you have to understand and accept the change". If I do something, I'd like to be able to give it my all and make sure that the production is a great representation of me and my talent.

Hart apologizing for his remarks: "Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community".

'I'm not gonna say anything, and I'm definitely got gonna say it here, but the chances are very slim, ' he said, adding: 'I love the Academy, I love everybody that's involved with the process of building the Oscars and making it.

Kevin Hart confirms he will not host Oscars after homophobic tweets