AceShowbiz - With less than two months before the 91st Annual Academy Awards, the organizers don't have enough time to search for a new host after Kevin Hart debacle. The show's producers have reportedly ditched the plan to find Hart's replacement and have decided to move forward with the show without a host.
According to Variety, the producers have stopped approaching other talents to fill the void left by Hart. Instead, they and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are now "scrambling" to find A-list actors to introduce various segments, which a host usually does with jokes-filled monologue.
The Academy had reportedly been considering to reinstate Hart as the host if he used his interview with Ellen DeGeneres to show his remorse for his past anti-gay jokes. He, however, only received much hate from Internet users as DeGeneres showed her sympathy for her friend and fellow comedian, treating him more like a victim of the debacle.
DeGeneres said during the interview that she had personally called the Academy to let them know she would support reinstating Kevin as the host, and the "Ride Along" star said he would be reconsidering it.
He, however, said in an interview with Variety, "The moment came and it was a blessing and I was excited at the opportunity and I still am. In my mind I got the job, it was a dream job, and things came up that simply prohibited it from happening. But I don't believe in going backwards."
Appearing on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, January 9, he firmly said, "No," when asked if he's hosting the Oscars this year. On whether he would take the chance if he's offered to host the Oscars in the future, he said, "It's hard to predict what can happen. I don't want people to think there's a thing about me and the Academy."
Hart also refused to continue apologizing for his old homophobic remarks. "I'm over it," he said. "There's no more conversation about it ... I'm over that, I'm over the moment." Stressing that he had apologized in late 2000s when the comments first surfaced, he said, "I'm not giving no more explanation of who I am. I'm just done."
He added, "If you didn't [hear the apology], I don't know what you're looking for. I'm a good person, I love to love, if you don't see that then it's a problem with you."