The comedian will reportedly not take back his gig after toying with the idea. The site reads that although Hart was flattered by Ellen DeGeneres’ sense of urgency in her attempt to get his gig back, he is reportedly more concerned about being a distraction from the evening.
“Ultimately, Hart felt his hosting would become a distraction, a continuing controversial narrative that would take the spotlight off the people and movies being honored,” Deadline reports. “He also grew concerned at the limited amount of time he would have had to prepare.”
In December, several homophobic tweets from Hart re-emerged, just a few days after reports confirmed he’d host the night’s festivities. Instead of apologizing for the tweets like he had done previously, Hart decided to step down from his hosting duties. During a visit to Ellen, Hart said that the conversation wouldn’t have stayed on the films and actors, but on him and homophobia.
“The Oscars is no longer about Kevin Hart stepping on that stage and taking an intense night where people are so uptight and making it loose and fun,” he said. “Now all of a sudden it’s a little darker, because the conversation isn’t about me hosting the Oscars. The conversation is about Kevin Hart’s tweets from 10 years ago and homophobia.”
According to reports, there doesn’t seem to be a replacement host. Instead, several Hollywood stars will present awards at the 2019 Oscars.