Kevin Hart Says 'No' to Possibly Returning as 2019 Oscars Host: Watch
The comedian appeared on 'Good Morning America' Wednesday morning (Jan. 9).
Kevin Hart will not be hosting this year's Academy Awards. The comedian -- who announced that he'd landed his dream job as Oscars host on Dec. 4 only to step down three days later after refusing to apologize for unearthed homophobic tweets from his past -- appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning (Jan. 9) to discuss the controversy and confirm that there's no way he'll switch direction again.
Co-host Michael Strahan opened the segment by running down the tumultuous path the star of The Upside has taken over the past week. (This includes a controversial appearance on Ellen last week in which the host defended him against "trolls," and another attempt at an apology to the LGBTQ community on his SiriusXM radio show on Monday (Jan. 7), in which he said "the fight is the will and want for equality...I'm riding with you guys. I understand you. But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change.")
Asked how he reacts to those who've taken issue with how he's apologized, Hart told Strahan bluntly, "I say I'm done with it. It gets no more energy from me. That's why I said for the last time I'm addressing this. There's no more conversation about it. I'm literally over that, I'm over the moment. And I'm about today. If it's accepted, great. If it's not, it's nothing I can control."
Hart was adamant about not explaining how he's changed or evolved, saying he's already given those answers several times, in different forums, reiterating that you will never hear him discuss it again. "You have to come to a point where you know you've given all that you possibly can and if that's received then great, that means we've achieved something," he said. "If not? There's nothing I can do."
The intense conversation pivoted when Strahan asked Hart, in spite of the controversy, if there was any chance he might host the Oscars if asked to return. "No," the comedian said. "I'm not hosting the Oscars this year...I don't want people to think there's a thing about me and the Academy." Hart added that with just weeks before the Feb. 24 show, there is simply not enough time to prepare, and it's hard to predict what could happen down the road. "I would like to call myself a perfectionist, so when I do something I want to be able to give it my all...I can't do that right now."
"It's not in God's plan right now," he said. "What God has for me is gonna happen. It's already pre-determined. I'm not worried, I'm not shaken, I'm not upset. I understand life and in life you have ups and downs. And within those ups and downs you learn, you educate and you grow and you move forward. So hopefully people can look at me and the situations I've been in in life and understand there's always growth," Hart continued. "You mature, you change and when that happens you become better...when you know that you're that type of individual, you accept you for you. I'm so good with me. I'm so good with me. And that's not a cocky statement. That just means I'm happy with me because I know th man that I now am. That being said, I don't have to prove that to anybody. I'm that comfortable."
Watch the GMA interview below.