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Kevin Hart on Hosting Oscars: 'I Can't Do It This Year'

Kevin Hart on Hosting Oscars: 'I Can't Do It This Year'

The Academy, which hands out the Oscar awards, has not announced a replacement host.

Speaking on Good Morning America yesterday, Hart confirmed: "I'm not hosting the Oscars this year".

The plan, as per those reportedly in the know, is to feature a bevy of A-list entertainers to "introduce various segments", instead of typically relying on "one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers".

This year's host-selection process was complete and utter chaos.

Recently Ellen DeGeneres fanned the flames when Hart appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to explain and defend why he chose to step down from hosting the 2019 Oscars next month, after his old homophobic jokes surfaced and he found himself reluctantly apologizing for something he felt he had already done a decade earlier.

Hart eventually made the decision to step down from hosting, though the controversy wasn't quick to fade. "But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will" (via Us Weekly). "I had some real good jokes", Hart claimed.

Hart, who is promoting his new film The Upside, said he it would be too late for him to prepare to host the ceremony, which takes place on February 24.

"Stop looking for reasons to be negative..." I'm riding with you.

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"So unfortunately I can't do it this year". I love to love. Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. "Have a handsome day".

After tweeting an apology in December, the comedian offered another mea culpa on Monday's Straight From The Hart.

"I'm over it", Hart said.

"If you didn't [hear the apology]". My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. "I love The Academy, I love everybody that's involved with the process of building the Oscars and making it". I apologized again. I said I apologized before. Unfortunately, the interview didn't go as the Academy hoped it would.

Kevin Hart is "done" with the controversy over his historic homophobic tweets. "It's a choice that I've personally made to say I'm not addressing it anymore". "I'm not that guy". Whatever we can do we would be thrilled.

In 2018, Oscars ratings' dropped almost 19 percent year over year to a paltry 26.5 million viewers - marking it the lowest-rated Oscars show in 44 years. In that, you go f**k. You have grown, you have apologized, you are apologizing again right now. "So if people choose to continue to let it grow, then do what you got to do".

Kevin was then asked if the Academy had reached out to him, but the star declined to comment. My advice? Start putting out calls to folks like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Seth Meyers, Will Forte, Hugh Jackman, and Steve Martin ASAP. In 1989, the broadcast opened with an 11-minute musical number which culminated in Rob Lowe and an actor playing Snow White singing a re-worked version of Proud Mary; a performance which Lowe has never really lived down and which ruined producer Alan Carr's career.