The actor - who stepped down from hosting the Oscars following uproar over past homophobic tweets and remarks - sat down for an interview with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan on Wednesday, in which he repeated multiple times that he's "over it" and "not addressing it anymore" before definitely stating that he won't be hosting next month's ceremony. "I didn't say these words to people, at the time, this was our dumb a**es on Twitter going back and forth with each other", he said, referring to his close friends. "You're talking about two weeks that I would really have to prepare", he said.
Kevin Hart has confirmed he will not be hosting the Oscars, saying he is "over it".
'I have explained how I evolved, which makes me say, I'm over it. "I shouldn't have to prove the levels of love that I'm capable of giving". Shortly before the 6:00 minute mark, it did become clear that Hart was feeling defensive: "What else do you want?" "It gets no more energy from me". He added, "The Academy, they're wonderful people".
Kevin Hart says he has repeatedly apologised for his homophobic jokes.
"If you keep feeding this energy, then it's going to grow". "This year was just a tricky year, so maybe in the future it will work out". The announcement immediately sparked backlash and criticism of The Academy's decision after a number of past statements resurfaced in which Hart made controversial anti-gay jokes, including one in which he joked that somebody looked like "a gay bill board for AIDS" and another in which he called someone a "FAT F-".
The Academy, which hands out the Oscar awards, has not announced a replacement host.
Hart wants to clarify his message that he is now an ally with the LGBTQ community.
"So then we say, 'Hey, man, as a group, let's erase this shit, '" he continued.
But he also said that, "In the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change".
"The Oscars are poised to embark on one of the most radical reinventions in the awards show's long history", reports Variety. Hart was given the entire show, which saw DeGeneres pleading with him to return as the Oscars host.
Among the possibilities organizers were pondering was to go "SNL-style" with a rotation of presenters.