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Kevin Hart to Uphold His Decision to Not Host Oscars

Kevin Hart to Uphold His Decision to Not Host Oscars

Disney chief Bob Iger has tried to stay "open-minded" about the possibility of Kevin Hart hosting the February 24 Oscar telecast on ABC after all, but he's not holding his breath.

Ellen DeGeneres' brother, Vance DeGeneres, is coming to her defense after the talk show host voiced her support of Kevin Hart hosting the Oscars. He added, "I'm sure they'll find someone or someones".

Hart has said he withdrew because he objected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' mandate that he publicly apologies for the sentiments in those years-old tweets.

"In the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change", he said.

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He wrote: "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge". The fight is the will and want for equality. Please grasp this and use it in 2019. "I will say this, and I want to make this very clear", Hart said. And I'm glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be. However, with the Oscars coming up quickly and no new host having been announced, people are wondering if Hart will be the host.

"If you're asking me whether I would have accepted him actually him doing it, the answer is yes, provided that he showed a little bit of contrition for some of the things he said a while back", Iger said. "I don't see any meaningful outreach to the community.... and now you want the conversation to end".

Since then, there hasn't been any word from the Academy, with Deadline reporting that their, "highly reliable sources" indicating that no one in Hollywood is interested in hosting, after the, 'Hart debacle'. Hart also tweeted about how he would break his daughter's dollhouse over his son's head if he ever caught him playing with it, among other homophobic jokes.

In an Instagram post, the Get Hard star asked for the opportunity to learn from his comments and emphasized the importance of "growth" from past mistakes. Not only did Ellen forgive the Night School star, she's basically brokering a deal between him and The Academy to reinstate him as host - an effort that isn't sitting well with much of LGBTwitter.