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Kevin Hart Says He's NOT Hosting The Oscars, Apologizes For Previous Comments & Says It's NOT His Dream To Be A LGBTQ Ally + Chris Rock Turns Down Oscars Hosting Gig

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No, Kevin Hart will NOT be hosting this year's Academy Awards show after recently reconsidering. He says he's over it and he has no desire to become an ally to the LGBTQ community. Get the latest, plus find out why Chris Rock turned down the gig inside...

UPDATE: The Oscars will reportedly go host-less for the first time in almost 30 years.


Last week, Kevin Hart appeared on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" and said he would reconsider hosting this year's Oscars ceremony.

Well, it seems his change of "hart" has changed again. He will NOT be hosting the 91st Annual Academy Awards and he said so himself.

The Night School actor appeared on "Good Morning America" this morning to promote his new movie The Upside. He sat down with "GMA" co-host Michael Strahan to dish on the film and, of course, the big elephant in the room. Is there hope he'll host the Oscars this year?

"No," he responded. "I'm not hosting the Oscars this year. It's hard to predict what can happen [in the future]. I don't want people to think there is a thing between me and the Academy because there isn't."

Peep the clip below:



At this point, the comedian is fed up and he's "over" the controversy.

"I said I'm done with it. It gets no more energy from me. That's why I said, for the last time I'm addressing this. There's no more conversation about it. I'm literally over that. I'm over the moment and I'm about today. If it's accepted, great. If it's not, that's nothing I can control."

Michael Strahan asked Kevin how has he evolved since he put out those tweets, but he skipped over answering.

Peep the clip below:



On Monday night (Jan. 7th), Kevin spoke on his “Straight From the Hart” SiriusXM radio show where he apologized to the LGBTQ community for the jokes he made in the past. He then said he doesn't like how folks have been trying to FORCE him into becoming a LGBTQ activist.

“I don ‘t like the forcing,” Kevin said during the segment. “I don’t like, like Don Lemon goes on CNN, and he’s like, You can fix this, become an ally’. It’s not my dream.”

CNN's Don Lemon responded to Kevin's comments on "CNN Tonight" after revealing he had a one-on-one conversation with Kevin. They agreed that their conversation would remain confidential, but Don was able to share what they talked about in general.

Here's Don's response to Kevin's apology and LGBTQ ally comment below:

“You may not like the way he said it, [but] he did say, ‘I’m sorry, I apologize,'” he said. “He doesn’t want to be an ally of the LGBT community, that’s his right — whether I like it not not, whether you like it or not. There has been a lot of blowback, Kevin backed out from hosting the Oscars, and on some level you can understand for him that it feels like he is under attack. But I can tell you for me, as I relate to him, he’s not a victim.”

In Kevin's defense, while he said becoming a LGBTQ ally wasn't his lifetime dream, he did say he would ride with them for equality.

“If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that’s the fight,” Hart said. “I’m riding with you guys. I understand you.”

See Don's monologue below:

Don said he asked Kevin multiple times to come on his show, but he declined.


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Another comedian - who hosted the show twice in the past - turned it down. Chris Rock doesn't want NO parts of the Oscars.

“If it was five years ago, I could say something really offensive and funny right now, but I can’t do that anymore, so … heyyyy!” Rock said at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards dinner in Manhattan. “Steve Martin is here. You should host the Oscars. You’re the best. Steve Martin should host the Oscars! Because I’m not doing it, goddammit! You’re not getting me.”

So there's that.

Also, folks have been sounding off about Kevin's interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Basically, they weren't impressed. Check it:











Photos: MEGA/Kevin's IG/Getty

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