"Oscars host has become a not very desirable job in Hollywood".
Between Tuesday night and Thursday night, there was a public pushback over Hart's selection.
Kevin Hart is out as host of the Oscars in the wake of an escalating backlash involving the actor/comedian's homophobic social-media history. In the second video, he flat out refused to apologize when asked by Academy Award organizers. Actor D.L. Hughley commended Hart for his decision. Two hours later, Hart sent out a tweet announcing that he was stepping down as host, and finally offering an apology to the LGBTQ community. "Hughley tweeted. "(Expletive) 'em if they can't take a joke! Snoop Dogg posted an even more colourful Instagram video in support of Hart.
Hart did say, however, that the academy told him to apologize publicly or he'd lose the gig. Let Gritty host The Oscars.
The film academy has yet to address Hart's departure. He chose to bow out on his own, without an apology.
Proven veterans like Ellen DeGeneres (who hosted in 2014 and 2007) and Neil Patrick Harris (2015) would likely top any list of replacements, but Tasmania's Hannah Gadsby has emerged as a dark horse contender after stealing the show at the Emmy awards in September. A woman? A comedian?
Many keep coming back to Whoopi Goldberg, who has hosted the awards four times.
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Other possible hosts floated by Variety include Billy Eichner; Donald Glover; Ken Jeong; Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele; Melissa McCarthy; Lin Manuel-Miranda; Patton Oswalt; Issa Rae and Wanda Sykes. Busy Phillips threw her own name out there ("I AM AVAILABLE", she tweeted).
Hart initially failed to issue an apology, insisting he had addressed the situation "several times" already.
But the film academy will need to move quickly as the 91st Oscars ceremony is less than three months away slated for February 24, 2019.
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