IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

Pho­tos and text from wire ser­vices

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Hart’s at­ti­tudes about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. In the 2010 spe­cial “Se­ri­ously Funny,” he said “one of my big­gest fears is my son grow­ing up and be­ing gay.”

“Keep in mind, I’m not ho­mo­pho­bic, I have noth­ing against gay peo­ple, do what you want to do, but me, be­ing a het­ero­sex­ual male, if I can pre­vent my son from be­ing gay, I will,” Hart said.

GLAAD, the ad­vo­cacy group for LGBTQ rights, said Thurs­day that it reached out to Os­cars broad­caster ABC, the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­tures Arts and Sciences, and Hart’s man­age­ment to “dis­cuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record.”

Co­me­dian and ac­tor Billy Eich­ner said “a sim­ple, au­then­tic apol­ogy show­ing any bit of un­der­stand­ing or re­morse would have been so sim­ple.”

It’s not the first time an Os­cars host has been de­railed by anti-gay re­marks. Ahead of the 2012 Academy Awards, pro­ducer Brett Rat­ner, who had been paired with host Ed­die Mur­phy, re­signed days af­ter us­ing a gay slur at a film screen­ing. Mur­phy soon af­ter ex­ited, as well.

That year, a tried-and-true Os­cars vet­eran — Billy Crys­tal — jumped in to save the show, host­ing for his eighth time. This time, spec­u­la­tion has al­ready been ram­pant that few in Hol­ly­wood want the gig, for which few win glow­ing re­views.

PHOTO BY JOR­DAN STRAUSS — IN­VI­SION — AP, FILE

In this file photo, Kevin Hart ar­rives at the Los An­ge­les pre­miere of “Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle” in Los An­ge­les.

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