During a Wednesday appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America", the "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" star gave an emphatic "no" when asked if he would take on the emcee role. "I understand you", he continued, adding that he hopes the LGBTQ community can forgive him and accept he's a different person from the one who sent those tweets nearly a decade ago. I'm not giving no more explanation.
Hart and Cranston tried to be as authentic to the characters as they could, the actor said, adding that the film really dives into perceptions, considering the two men come from two very different backgrounds.
"If you're not aware of the things you're doing or saying and you're not aware of the damage, when you are aware, it's your job to change and make sure you don't do it again", he continued.
"If you didn't [hear the apology], I don't know what you're looking for". "Here's what I'm trying to say - I'm over it", he declared.
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". "The offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn't work out the way it should have".
Thoughts, Perezcious readers? Are we collectively letting go of this controversy, or does Kevin need to prove he's honest in his apology just a bit more? "That being said, I don't have to prove that to anybody".
Ellen, who has always been an icon in the LGBTQ community, was lampooned for throwing her support behind the comedian afterwards.
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Then later that night on CNN, Lemon called for the "The Upside" actor to become an ally for the LGBTQ community and help eradicate homophobia across the board, but especially in the Black community.
Later that day, Hart quit ― and apologized for the homophobic tweets.
Kevin Hart seems to have fully closed the door on any possibility that he will host the Oscars. I'm not addressing it. "The opportunity was presented, I could have still done it, but I don't have the time to make it my own. I can't do that right now".
Then last week, he spoke to Ellen DeGeneres in his first interview since stepping down, and she asked him to reconsider hosting the awards show.
Though he previously said he was done addressing the issue, he spilled a little more, "because it's you", he said to Cohen.
The Academy, which hands out the Oscar awards, has not announced a replacement host. "You can't let them destroy you and they can't destroy you because you have too much talent". "No, they weren't "haters" who came after you".