Oscars fumble host test in wake of Kevin Hart's exit

Kevin Hart ‘once again’ apologizes to LGBTQ community for past homophobic comments

Kevin Hart in 2016

The virus of political correctness and woke sermonizing that has wormed its way into the Academy Awards for the past decade has all but turned Hollywood's most prestigious awards show into a level of laughingstock that not even the Golden Globes has stooped to.

As Variety reports, the ceremony will be kicked off by "one marquee name" who will deliver "a monologue filled with Trump zingers".

The 39-year-old stepped down as Oscars host after his homophobic tweets from eight years ago were unearthed.

He told ABC that he was no longer willing to discuss the anti-gay comments he had made on Twitter in 2010 and 2011, which caused the uproar that led him to step down as host, saying his previous explanations and apology were sufficient.

The last time the Oscars went host-less was in 1989, where the award show was infamously opened up with a cringe-worthy opening song and dance, featuring Snow White.

The debacle continued when Ellen DeGeneres invited the Night School star to do an interview on her talk show. "I'm just done. If you didn't [hear the apology], then I don't know what you're looking for".

When Strahan inquired as to how the controversy has changed Hart, the Upside actor replied, "I have explained how I've evolved, which makes me say I'm over it. I hope we can meet again".

She then doubled down on defending Hart, calling those who criticized his behavior "haters" when she stated in part, "As a gay person, I am sensitive to all of that". The nominations will be announced on January 23.

Hart said toward the end of the episode that he planned on "evaluating" his conversation with DeGeneres. "I'm over that, I'm over the moment", he said. "The only clip that I have seen all over the media is the one where I go, 'Stop!" I'm nearly 40 years old and I'm in love with the man that I am becoming.

But, of course, there was still some time, right? There was a possibility of Hart coming back if the Academy felt his appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show revealed true remorse, but Hart once again played the victim card as opposed to offering any kind of a genuine apology. "But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will" (via Us Weekly).

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