Despite the efforts of former host Ellen DeGeneres, Deadline reports that according to multiple sources comedian Kevin Hart will not serve as host of the 91st Academy Awards and this looks like his final answer on the matter.
Hart’s appearance on Ellen to promote his upcoming film “The Upside” rekindled talk when DeGeneres urged Hart to host and made calls to the Academy. Hart was moved by DeGeneres’ gesture, and has apologized enough for the Academy to be receptive, but Hart reportedly feels his hosting would become a distraction that would take away from the people and movies being honored. Also, time is running out to prepare for the gig.
The Academy still hasn’t announced its plans, even as we are in the midst of Golden Globes weekend, with ABC promos ignoring the hosting situation. But a host-less telecast is now looking more and more likely. DeGeneres’ interview has received a large backlash online, especially from within the LGBTQ community, with both under fire.