I'm over the moment.
Hart, known for his stand-up comedy and roles in films including Ride Along, said he would not have enough time ahead of the February 24 ceremony in Los Angeles to prepare to do a professional job: "If I do something I want to give it my all".
"The offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn't work out the way that it should've", Hart said. Hart, however, refused to apologise for his past comments and quit the award show.
Then when asked about how he feels, he said, "I'm over it".
The Academy has yet to comment on who will take Hart's place or if the awards show will go without a host this year.
Hart had initially been announced as the host of the 91st Oscars in December.
"I will say this, and I want to make this very clear".
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Another exchange that drew criticism was when KJo asked, "If you all hit on the same women, then how do you decide?". In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone's sentiments.
A week later, Hart declared once and for all that he would not host the awards show - while continuing to defend his response to the debacle. "The whole goal of Kevin Hart hosting the Oscars was to take away the tension".
The suspense is over - Kevin Hart isn't hosting the Oscars next month.
He told the chat show host that he would reconsider his decision to back out from the Oscars, and apologised to the LGBT+ community earlier this week.
She then doubled down on defending Hart, calling those who criticized his behavior "haters" when she stated in part, "As a gay person, I am sensitive to all of that. I understand you", he continued, adding that he hopes the LGBTQ community can forgive him and accept he's a different person from the one who sent those tweets nearly a decade ago. Maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host.
Hart refused to apologise, saying he "chose to pass" as he has "addressed this several times before". You should host the Oscars. "I don't know what you're looking for", he told Strahan on Wednesday.
Without a host (or hosts) to hold down the proverbial fort and keep the night from straight-up stinking, the 2019 Oscars will either be a surprising hit or a messy miss. No one wants to be put under the microscope the way Hart was.