Kevin Hart Shared How He Felt About Hosting Oscars 2022

Because of controversy, Kevin Hart didn’t get a chance to host the Oscars in 2019 as he’d wanted. But with the hype on those controversies having died down, Hart was asked about perhaps hosting this year’s Oscars instead.

Kevin Hart once had to step down from the Oscars for insulting the LGBT community

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As some know, Kevin Hart was involved in a bit of controversy some years back. This was because a series of tweets resurfaced where Hart was making jokes about the LGBT community. Many in the LGBT community saw Hart’s humor as offensive at the time, prompting a backlash against the Jumanji star. Because of this, Hart, who was supposed to host the Oscars, stepped down that year before apologizing.

“I will say this, and I want to make this very clear,” Hart began on his radio show Straight from the Hart (via The Hollywood Reporter.) “Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.”

On The Ellen Show, host Ellen Degeneres would try to persuade Hart to return and host the Oscars. But Hart explained at the time while he was still hesitant about the idea.

“In this case, it’s tough for me because it was an attack,” Hart said. “This wasn’t an accident, this wasn’t a coincidence. It wasn’t a coincidence that the day after I received the job, that tweets just somehow manifested through 2008.”

He soon added that his stance against those that found the tweets played a part in him not wanting to host.

“It’s bigger than just the Oscars. It’s about the individuals that are out there now that are finding success in damage,” Hart said. “Now, if you go back, and if I don’t have a word, I’m now going right back to the place where the people that came after me want me to go.”

Kevin Hart on hosting the 2022 Oscars

A couple of years later, Kevin Hart’s career has gotten even bigger than it once was. With the past behind him, some wonder if Hart would be willing to host the Oscars this time around. Entertainment Tonight noted that Hart denied that he was hosting the Oscars in 2019 shortly after his controversy.

“I think the Academy and those that are now in a position to do it are there for a reason. So, I want to see them shine and prevail,” Hart said.

However, this year although the Ride Along actor didn’t share that he was going to host the Oscars, he didn’t rule out the possibility either.

“If the time ever comes for me to touch that stage, that would be in God’s plan,” he explained.

Who will be tapped to host the 2022 Oscars?

Most recently, the Oscars announced they’re going to have three hosts this year. According to Good Morning America, Expecting Amy’s Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall will be hosting. The comedians, who seemed excited at the idea of hosting, all shared their enthusiasm for the announcement.

“I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea, but, I am hosting the Oscars along with my good friends Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall. I better go watch some movies,” Schumer said.

Meanwhile, Hall and Sykes both released a joint statement about the announcement.

“We want people to get ready to have a good time. It’s been a while,” they wrote.

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