This is something that has been joked about for years on end. It’s a dream that has been in the making for an enormous amount of time. It’s that Kevin Hart would finally get the call that he would finally be the host of the Oscars.
The 39-year-old comedian has made numerous mentions to being nominated for this prestigious honor over his career, but never truly believed it would come to pass. When the moment of honor finally came across his lap, humbled was an understatement.
Once the official news hit the press, he took to Instagram to voice his sincere appreciation:
“For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer would always be the same...I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it would happen when it is supposed to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars.”
He continued: “I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time...To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time...I will be sure to make this year’s Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity...now, it’s time to rise to the occasion. #Oscars”
After posting this, he received over 700,000 likes and floods of congratulatory comments on the magnificent honor. Many fans told him how deserving he was of this privilege and how proud they are of all his accomplishments.
While everything seemed on the up and up for the worldwide celebrity, all those dreams came instantly to a screeching halt.
On December 6, his fans and the media were shocked to find out that the man who had sought after this great honor was abruptly stepping down. He received a great deal of hate become of a “years-old tweet [that] deemed [him] anti-gay.”
He took to Twitter to tell the news: “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s...this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing, talented artists.”
Then he addressed those he had offended in year’s past: “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
He followed up with one additional tweet: “I’m sorry that I hurt people...I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together, not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
People from both sides of the table are up in arms over the scenario - some bashing Hart while others jumping to his defense. Many that stand beside Hart are undeniably angered by the double-sidedness of Hollywood. A big stink has evolved overnight because someone found it seemingly necessary to dig back into a decade's worth of his Twitter to find a simple low-key opinion he had of his own son. All the while, those same people in Hollywood take pride in giving a standing ovation and publicly supporting a well-known child-rapist, Roman Polanski. Double standards, much?