Kevin Hart and the Oscars

By Karah Tyree

As you may know, Kevin Hart is a fan-favorite comedian and recently was a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show over this dispute with the Academy Awards.  Due to social pressure through Twitter, he declined the offer to host the 2019 Academy Awards.

On Friday January 4th, 2019, Ellen Degeneres invited Kevin Hart to come and talk on her show about the Oscars and the homophobic joke from ten years ago. On December 7th, 2018, The Academy Awards asked Kevin Hart to host the Oscars on February 24th, 2019. For Kevin to be offered this job was like a dream come true, but within twenty-four hours of celebrating this job offer and accepting it, Kevin's followers on Twitter commented on a joke that was said in 2008. The joke was if Kevin ever saw his son play with dolls, that he would slap him. Kevin right after the show in 2008 knew what he did and apologized for what he said; he knew it was wrong to say what he said and he was sorry. Some fans would forgive Kevin, but some would not.    Because of this controversy, Kevin has rejected the offer to host the 2019 Academy Awards.

On the Ellen Show he explains that he backed down because he wants the audience to be focused on the celebrities that worked hard to get there, and not what he did ten years ago. Kevin believes he’s setting an example as a dad and doing the right thing. He also explains that he is sorry again for what he did and what he said. He explains he was in the moment on stage and that he wasn’t thinking clearly at that moment.

As a friend, Ellen told Kevin that she called The Academy Awards and explained to him that they want him back, that they are sorry if they have offended Kevin in any way, and that they still want him to host the awards. Ellen told Kevin that she hopes that he can think about this opportunity and change his mind to host the Oscars.

Therefore, as of today Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, Kevin Hart has confirmed that “I’m over it” and will not be hosting the Oscars this year of 2019.