"Somehow I'll get to the stage but it's not going to be in this way because it just comes with such a weird cloud at this point". "This is stuff I've addressed, I've talked about this", he says. "No, it's done", Hart said.
He chose to step aside as host rather than apologise, later saying "I have made several mistakes, and I embrace them all". "I know he doesn't need to, and that's one of the reasons I commended the stance he took. This was to damage the lives that have been invested in me".
DeGeneres called Hart "one of the smartest people I know, one of the funniest people I know", and told him to ignore the backlash from what she called "haters" who highlighted the decade-old tweets. "Because that was wrong". "I called them, I said, 'Kevin's on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?' And they were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host!" "I think Ellen DeGeneres wants to see Kevin Hart host the Oscars". But I also believe that forgiveness requires an actual apology.
On Friday, Vary - who has repeatedly criticized Hart since - went on a Twitter tirade, taking offense that DeGeneres would tell Hart to defend himself against "haters".
She then said the Academy told her privately that they would be open to having him come back.
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None of that means, however, that Hart has no ambitions to stand upon the Oscars stage.
The comedian was initially dismissive of the controversy, saying he had preciously addressed the remarks and refusing to apologize again. he then offered a written apology after announcing he had made a decision to step down from the gig. "To go back through 40,000 tweets to get back to 2008 that's an attack, that's a malicious attack on my character, that's an attack to end me, that's not an attack to just stop the Oscars". "I'm not that guy", he said, explaining why he stepped down from his Oscars hosting gig.
Since them, producers of the awards show have reportedly struggled to find a replacement.
After people were upset that the comedian suspiciously sounded like Mike Pence, the Academy gave him an ultimatum: Apologize or quit. I don't want to have this conversation anymore because I know who I am.
"I called them, I said "Kevin's on. You've done it. Don't let those people win - host the Oscars".
Hart withdrew from the job of hosting the 91st Oscars in December, less than 48 hours after being announced, after facing fierce criticism when old footage of him performing a homophobic skit about hoping his son never grows up to be gay was re-posted online.