Kevin Hart definitively states: 'No, I'm not hosting the Oscars this year'


'I have explained how I evolved. "That's what I'm trying to say".

"I'm not giving no more explanation of who I am", he added.

'I've done it several times, I've talked about it.

"I say I'm done with it". Cohen then said he was "happy" Hart had moved away from using that language himself. "I'm a good person, I love to love, if you don't see that then it's a problem with you". "I've said who I am now versus who I was then". "It's all they ever wanted him to do, and he's doing it in spades".

"If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that's the fight".

'I am not over-delivering it, I am not overproving it because you find yourself in a position where it still won't be received and you go, "What else do you want?" So hold to account, call them out, but you don't want to bully people.

He would not agree to do the Oscars again, he said, because there was now not enough time left for him to prepare. He said, "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right". I'm talking about today.

Hart then said he found Lemon's first speech "upsetting", which is why he reached out to the host.

Though he previously said he was done addressing the issue, he spilled a little more, "because it's you", he said to Cohen. "I don't want people to think there's a thing between me and the Academy, because there isn't". He said he could not rule out hosting in future years.

Some on social media took offense with DeGeneres supporting Hart and the interview.

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Within days, Twitter users had unearthed his old tweets and demanded that he be removed.

Hart apologized in December for "insensitive words from my past" and told DeGeneres last week in an interview on her talk show that he does not "have a homophobic bone in my body". He chose the latter.

Last month, Hart made a decision to step down from his role hosting the ceremony after LGBT activists complained about anti-gay tweets he posted between 2009 to 2011, despite his profuse apologies. Ellen referred to critics of his homophobic statements as "haters" and told him to ignore them.

In Instagram posts afterwards, he said he had already addressed the tweets in the past and refused to dive back into the discussion, saying instead that it would only seek to "feed the trolls".

Ellen, who has always been an icon in the LGBTQ community, was lampooned for throwing her support behind the comedian afterwards. So you have to come to a point where you know that you've given all that you possibly can. "But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change".

Hart said that his words were "chopped up" in previous apologies on his Sirius XM show Straight from the Hart.

'I apologize. I am now moving on from this because I'm just hoping that the apology is accepted'.

The 2019 Academy Awards, set to air on Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC, now does not have a replacement host.

Among the possibilities organizers were pondering was to go "SNL-style" with a rotation of presenters.