Monday, May 20, 2024

Kevin Hart Steps Down from Oscar Host Job After Scandal About Homophobic Tweets Reaches Peak


Kevin Hart has just Tweeted: “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

So Kevin Hart has backed down, just 24 hours after he was announced as host of the Oscars. The reason? Uncovered homophobic tweets from 2011 and other years that put into question his appropriateness for hosting the Academy Awards.

The scandal threatened to overshadow the Oscars broadcast in February 2019, and turn the next three months into a long slog of diatribe. Hart is a funny man, and often speaks without thinking.

In 2011 Hart Tweeted: Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'” In another from 2010, Hart says someone’s profile pic looks “like a gay bill board for AIDS.” And in another written in 2009, he calls someone a “fat faced fag.”

The Tweet remained on his timeline until and just after he was announced as host. That’s when it was deleted. But by then word had spread. There was no way he could continue as Oscar host. On top of that, he wouldn’t apologize.

Ironically, Hart’s scandal has exploded on the same night his “The Upside” co-star Bryan Cranston is having a huge success on Broadway. The two actors co-star in this movie that was held because of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. But now “The Upside” is coming out in January. Neil Burger’s movie is really great. I hope this episode doesn’t taint it again.

What I would do now about the Oscars is ask Cher and Meryl Streep, maybe with Christine Baranski and Tiffany Haddish, to host the Oscars. Haddish would be a hoot, and the other three would be just the right melange to pull it off.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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