The Oscars are open to having Kevin Hart return as the host of the Oscars, if he wants to.
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According to Variety, The Academy is still open to having Kevin Hart host the Oscars, but only if he wants to. The news arrives a few hours after his appearance on Ellen where he spoke on the Oscars controversy. Leadership at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC are interested in having him resume his role as the host if he gives them a sign that he’s interested. This sign could be from his spokesperson or on social media.
During today’s episode of Ellen, the talk show host encouraged Hart to reconsider his position. She said that his homophobic tweets aren’t an accurate representation of the person she knows. Hart blamed “trolls” who wanted to destroy his career.
“This was to destroy me,” he said. “This was to end all partnerships, all brand relationships, all investment opportunities, studio relationships, my production company and the people that work underneath me. This was to damage the lives that have been invested in me.”
He continued to apologize for his comments, adding, “I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body.”