Washington - I had two immediate thoughts the moment the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday that box-office-gold comedian Kevin Hart would host the upcoming Oscars. The first was, "Wow, good choice and what a stamp of approval for the funny man who's worked so hard for that shot!" The second was, "He's going to do something or say something during the telecast to f*&% it up."
After all, the hosting gig is a thankless job, akin to the State of the Union rebuttal or the now-former comedian slot at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Just about anything you say will be criticized. Who knew Hart's f*&% up would come so quickly after being chosen!
Because of his woeful reaction to the resurfacing of years-old anti-LGBTQ comments and tweets, Hart announced on Thursday that he would step away from hosting the Oscars and apologized to the LGBTQ community. It didn't have to be this way. He could have been a part of the magic on Feb. 24 if only he fully appreciated the mess he was in.
"My team calls me, 'Oh, my God, Kevin, everyone's upset about tweets you did years ago,' " he said in an Instagram video. "Guys, I'm almost 40 years old. If you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify the past. ... I'm the wrong guy, man."
Then, Hart made matters worse with another video after the Academy called on him to apologize or lose the coveted Hollywood assignment, an ultimatum he rejected in the worst possible way.