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EntertainmentOscars Open to Kevin Hart Return – If Comedian Says the Word (EXCLUSIVE)

01:05  05 january  2019
01:05  05 january  2019 Source:   variety.com

Kevin Hart deleted his tweets with homophobic slurs after being announced as the next Oscars host

Kevin Hart deleted his tweets with homophobic slurs after being announced as the next Oscars host Kevin Hart has been widely criticized for his history of jokes that use "gay" and "f--" as insults. Many of his other homophobic tweets remain online. In a 2015 interview, Hart suggested he would "never apologize" for his anti-gay jokes. Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets have been deleted after the comedian-actor was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscar ceremony on Wednesday. © The Associated Press Kevin Hart Hart was widely criticized this week after a Hollywood Reporter column floated him as a contender to host the Academy Awards ceremony, which will broadcast on February 24 on ABC.

Key parties involved in the annual Oscars telecast are open to the return of Kevin Hart as host, one insider close to the event told Variety, following an alternately contrite and defiant appearance on “The Ellen Show” on Thursday. © Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock.

Kevin Hart deleted his tweets with homophobic slurs after being announced as the next Oscars host. Kevin Hart has been widely criticized for his history of jokes that use "gay" and "f--" as insults. Many of his other homophobic tweets remain online.

Oscars Open to Kevin Hart Return – If Comedian Says the Word (EXCLUSIVE)© Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Key parties involved in the annual Oscars telecast are open to the return of Kevin Hart as host, one insider close to the event told Variety, following an alternately contrite and defiant appearance on “The Ellen Show” on Thursday.

Leadership at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC, the network that broadcasts the telecast, are open to Hart resuming his role as emcee if he signals that he wants the job. That message could come through a spokesperson or on social media, where Hart maintains an active presence on Instagram and Twitter, the individual added.

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Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart on 'SNL': Watch “Didn’t the Academy nominate Mel Gibson for an award just last year?” he asked, referencing controversial racist statements the director made a few years ago. “Also, if Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars then no black comic is. The only black comic I know that’s cleaner than Kevin Hart is booked for the next 3-10 years,” Che said as a picture of Bill Cosby was shown.

Kevin Hart insisted he would not host the Oscars in an exclusive interview with Variety just hours before the comedian seemed to reopen the door to emcee the telecast during an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk Oscars Open to Kevin Hart Return - If Comedian Says the Word ( EXCLUSIVE ).

Here's a complete timeline of the Kevin Hart Oscars controversy. Hart ’s jokes were not simply limited to a few comments on Twitter — some of his early stand-up material contained Though Hart did take a moment to add that he wanted the LGBTQ community to be more open to people changing.

The about face is extraordinary because Hart’s appointment as host stirred up so much controversy. Past homophobic jokes that Hart had made resurfaced on Twitter and other social media platforms within hours of the announcement that he would emcee the broadcast. The comic was initially dismissive, saying he had previously addressed those remarks. He later offered a more full-throated apology after announcing he was declining the Academy’s offer. In the ensuing weeks, Oscar producers have struggled to find a replacement.

The Academy hoped Hart would have a meaningful conversation about his past tweets in the aftermath of his December exit, another insider close to the show’s well-documented troubles said. It’s unclear if Hart’s apologies on “Ellen” were sufficient, and if he demonstrated an understanding of the effect of his old tweets.  While Hart still sits atop a wish list of marquee hosts within the Academy, show producer Donna Gigliotti and her team have been working “non-stop” on living without him, the insider said. This includes options like a cameo-heavy, hostless show, which Variety exclusively reported last month.

Why the Oscars may have a tough time replacing Kevin Hart

Why the Oscars may have a tough time replacing Kevin Hart The job comes with little pay, a ton of pressure and even more scrutiny.

The organisers of the annual Oscars awards ceremony have reportedly opened the doors to Kevin Hart returning as host. The 39-year-old While the actor and comedian initially did not apologise for the remarks (he instead asked people to “stop searching for reasons to be angry”), he eventually said

The Academy did not return calls seeking comment. Hart tried to rectify the situation himself on Hart ’s comments come across even more insensitively considering many of this year’s crop of “It would be the honor of a lifetime for me as a comedian ,” Hart said on Instagram of the Oscar gig.

(via ETOnline.com)

Momentum built for Hart’s return on Thursday after both the network and the wider Academy leadership were made aware of a conversation between the comedian and DeGeneres in which she urged the comic to reconsider his decision to step down and stressed that his past homophobic comments were not representative of a man she called a friend. For his part, Hart said that the criticism was being driven by 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.”

Kevin Hart's Oscar Exit Divides Americans (Exclusive Poll)

Kevin Hart's Oscar Exit Divides Americans (Exclusive Poll) Some 36 percent said the Academy was "right" to ask the comic to apologize for past homophobic tweets or step down, while 34 percent said that was "wrong," a Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll finds.

The Oscars are open to having Kevin Hart return as the host of the Oscars , if he wants to. The comedian refused to apologize for the comments, saying that he had previously addressed the controversial tweets. Despite this, it looks like the Academy still wants Kevin Hart to be the MC for the

Kevin Hart insisted he would not host the Oscars in an exclusive interview with Variety just hours before the comedian seemed to reopen the door to emcee the telecast during “You’re living in times where words and points of view can be misconstrued because of how strong the internet is,” Hart said .

Hart once again apologized for any hurt that he had caused with his remarks, adding “I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body.”

An ABC insider, however, emphasized to Variety that the Academy is responsible for negotiating with and securing an Oscars host — a process for which the network serves as an advisor. The same source said that ABC had no knowledge of whether direct conversations had yet taken place between the Academy and Hart.

Spokespeople for the Academy and ABC had no comment. A representative for Hart did not return Variety‘s request for comment.

As far as Hart is concerned, the comedian said he’s “evaluating” DeGeneres’ lengthy plea for him to take the stage on Hollywood’s big night.

“What we’re going to get to see on stage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity and you growing as a person,” DeGeneres told Hart. “Because most people would say, ‘I’m walking away … ’ For you to be the bigger man, for you to say I understand …and to not pay attention. There are so many haters out there.”

DeGeneres also detailed her conversation with an unnamed person or persons from the Academy — an organization the daytime queen said was emphatic to see him come back.

“We want him to host, we feel like maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong, or maybe we said the wrong thing,” DeGeneres said, quoting the Academy. “But we want him to host. Whatever we can do, we want him to host.”

One of the individuals with knowledge of the Academy disputed the apologetic tone that DeGeneres conveyed, saying the comments were taken out of context.

Oscar producers need to a make a decision on a host, or announce a major reinvention, with less than two months to the finish line. After all, one of the host’s primary duties is to hype the show. This week, telecast producer Gigliotti cut promos for the Feb. 24 telecast without an emcee encouraging viewers to tune in.

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