Kevin Hart Insists He Won't Host Oscars: 'I Can't Do That Right Now'
The actor said that with the Oscars just weeks away, it's too late for him to change his mind even if he wanted to.
Kevin Hart has made it official that he will not host the Oscars this year.
The actor told “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan that with the Oscars weeks away, it’s too late for him to change his mind.
“Right now, from a time perspective, I don't have the time. You're talking about two weeks that I would really have to prepare, I start filming ‘Jumanji’ in February," he said.
He added: "I would like to call myself a perfectionist, so if I do something I’d like to be able to give it my all, make sure the production is a great representation of me and my talent. I can't do that right now."
Strahan pressed Hart about those controversial homophobic remarks from past years that led him to back out of the hosting gig.
“Here's what I’m trying to say. I've over it,” he said. “That's what I’m trying to say. I'm done with it. I want everybody to know that I’m done with it. It's a choice that I’ve personally made to say I’m not addressing it anymore.
"And that's not from an angry place, it's just from a place of, it's never going to really end.”
The interview comes five days after his sit down with Ellen DeGeneres aired on her show Friday.
She begged him to reconsider hosting the show and told her that he is not homophobic.
“I know I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body,” Hart said. “I know that I’ve addressed it; I know that I’ve apologized. ... I’ve taken 10 years to put my apology to work. I have yet to go back to that version of the immature comedian that once was.”
Hart’s appearances on both “Ellen” and “GMA” have sparked outrage from some including “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness, who is urging the Academy to find an LGBTQ host.
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