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Just two days ago, Hollywood was all a buzz with the announcement of Kevin Hart serving as host of the 2019 Academy Awards. Just 48 hours later social media is buzzing in a negative way causing Hart to say that he does not want to be a distraction and he will step down as host.
It allegedly stems from social media postings dating back to 2009. Comedian Hart referenced the LGBTQ community in a negative manner. He was referring to an action his son did that Hart categorized as negative. The alleged anti-gay statement(s) (referenced alleged because they are no longer available for review) are commonly used in a despairing manner to anyone who identifies as a member of the community.
Hart apologized for the comments years ago and thought it was behind him but it was brought back to the forefront after he made his Oscar announcement.
Hart says he’s stepping down and giving up his life-long dream to host the Oscars but will the Academy make him honor the contract or accept it based on extenuating circumstances? Or will they help “right” the “wrong” and ask him to stay on? Hart went back on social media after his staff made him aware of what was being said. He referenced that he had apologized previously and that he had evolved and was going on 40. Stating that he had matured and was in a different place.
So, what should the Academy Awards do? Hart only stepped down from the hosting opportunity because he did not want to take away from the actors/actresses who’ve worked for this special moment to be overshadowed. Note, that’s a definite sign of maturity that he didn’t want to take the focus off the purpose of the celebration which is to honor those in the film industry for the hard work and dedication and likely the one shot many have to be nominated for an Oscar.
The Academy has not made a statement at this point but I will monitor and report when they do.
With a little over two months of planning left, will Hart rescind Thursday’s announcement or will the Academy scramble to find a new host?
The 91st Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles, CA live on Sunday, February 24, 2019 on ABC.
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