Kevin Hart, one of the most famous and talented comedians in recent times, has got a lot of backlash over old homophobic tweets. Nick Cannon came to his defense in a very particular way.
Soon after Hart was chosen to host the 2019 Oscars, some old tweets wherein he talked about the LGBTQ+ community resurfaced, what attracted a lot of negative attention to him.
Hart refused to apologize and urged his followers to recognize him for the person he is at the moment instead of blaming him for those old remarks. Madame Noire reported, however, that the Oscars representatives pushed him to apologize. He refused.
The reason Hart did so was that it was not the first time that his past tweets made headlines. “I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were. I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then,” he said.
Even though he was adamant in his decision, he finally gave up and wrote on Twitter that he “sincerely” apologized for his “insensitive words.” Apart from that, Hart revealed that he would no longer host the Oscars.
“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,” finished his tweet.
Actor and comedian Nick Cannon consider it was unfair, so he took to Twitter to defend Hart by posting old tweets shared by Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and Chelsea Handler that were also homophobic.
Cannon probably intended to balance things. Why Hart had to step down from his hosting gig and Schumer, Silverman, and Handler have never done something similar? Their tweets might contain strong and disturbing language.
Since Hart is no longer an option and the Academy has not shared who will replace him, several celebrities are on the table for taking on the role. As Indie Wire reported, the most likely are: Will Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, or someone who has hosted before, like Ellen DeGeneres or Jimmy Kimmel.
The Oscars will air on February 24, 2019, which means that they have about two months to choose Hart’s replacement.