KEVIN HART RULES OUT HOSTING THE OSCARS: I CAN'T DO IT RIGHT NOW

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Ac­tor-co­me­dian Kevin Hart shut the door on hosting the Oscars in an in­ter­view on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica on Wed­nes­day.

“I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” Hart told Michael Stra­han, one of the morn­ing show’s hosts, cit­ing the lack of prepa­ra­tion time for the Fe­bru­ary 24 cer­e­mony and the shoot sched­ule for his next film, a se­quel to Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle (2017).

He added: “If I do some­thing, I want to be able to give it my all and make sure that the pro­duc­tion is a great representation of me and my tal­ent. I can’t do that right now.”

Talks of Hart be­ing re­in­stated as host of this year’s Academy Awards was ig­nited after he made an ap­pear­ance on Ellen De­Generes’ talk show last week. De­Generes im­plored him to re­con­sider his with­drawal and said that she had called some­one at the Academy of Mo­tion Picture Arts and Sciences to vouch for him.

It is un­clear whom she spoke to and the Academy never con­firmed the call. At the time, Hart said he was re-eval­u­at­ing the decision to with­draw as host.

He stepped down from his role last month, shortly after get­ting the job, when sev­eral com­ments that were deemed homophobic had resurfaced from his past. These in­cluded posts on Twit­ter and a joke on a stand-up spe­cial.

On Mon­day, Hart issued his most di­rect apol­ogy about the ma­te­rial to date, on his ra­dio show.

“Once again, Kevin Hart apol­o­gises for his re­marks that hurt mem­bers of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity; I apol­o­gise,” Hart said.

HART STEPPED DOWN FROM THE ROLE LAST MONTH WHEN COM­MENTS THAT WERE DEEMED HOMOPHOBIC RESURFACED FROM HIS PAST

PHOTO: FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP

Kevin Hart has starred in films such as Ride Along 2 (2016) and Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle (2017)

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