It looks like Kevin Hart was already gearing up to host this year’s Oscars – before his old controversial tweets resurfaced and he stepped down from the hosting gig following the backlash he received.
In a recent interview on SiriusXM, Kevin revealed he already had some material prepared for the awards show, saying, “I had bits that were f**king phenomenal.”
He shared a couple of ideas he had brewing – one was a plan to shower the producers and directors with praises, before calling in his friends to pitch ideas to them.
“Right now, we got a roomful of amazing producers, directors…you guys are the shakers and makers, everything happens because of you,” he began the bit. “All my directors, producers, just put your hands up.”
“And I was gonna open up the door and have my friends come in and start pitching,” he went on to describe the bit he planned. “I was gonna start the timer. ‘Y’all got 20 seconds. Go!.’”
Another is about some of the previous most viral moments – Oscar memes.
“The internet is undefeated. Don’t f**king sit in here and put yourself in a position where you’re going to become a meme,” Kevin said. “I was going to pull up the pictures in the past of people that became memes and simply say, ‘This is why you need to relax.’ You know that picture of Denzel [Washington] where he’s got the teeth? He’s one of the best actors to ever do it and this meme almost took him out. I was going to say what the meme did and what damage it could do. I had f**king gold. I was going to come out swinging, I promise you.”
He also talked about why hosting an awards show is a challenging job and needs tough people.
“Those jobs are the toughest jobs to take,” he said, and made a case for why he thinks Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, whom he describes as “both talented people”, are “tough” for hosting the recently concluded Golden Globes.
“You’re performing in front of a room of people who don’t want to laugh…They don’t want to,” he explained, sharing his perspective on why it’s going to be a tough crowd. “ ‘I don’t wanna laugh because tonight is a night of prestige, and tonight is a night where we’re all being awarded for how great we are. I’m not gonna give a moment to not look great. Cameras all over this place. Look at my dress, look at my suit. I got a bow tie. I can’t move my neck. I can’t breather in this dress. I’m strapped up, strapped in, there’s no level of comfort.’ It’s so uptight.”
“You have to have people that have a high level of not giving a f**k to make the night good,” he went on to say. “The whole purpose of Kevin Hart hosting the Oscars was to take away the tension.”
Last December, the 39-year-old comedian was tapped to host the 2019 Academy Awards. But just a few hours after dropping the announcement, old homophobic jokes that Kevin made several years back resurfaced on Twitter, which prompted criticism all over social media and even had people calling for the Academy to rescind the offer.
Kevin ultimately decided to step down from the gig, which he called “the opportunity of a lifetime.”
“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. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” he wrote on Twitter.
“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,” he added in another tweet.
During his appearance in Wednesday’s (January 9) episode of Good Morning America, Kevin again confirmed that he won’t be emcee-ing the broadcast, saying, “I’m not hosting the Oscars this year.”
When asked if he will host in the future, he replied, “It’s hard to predict what can happen.”
According to Variety, this year’s show will go on without a host – something that hasn’t happened in three decades. The producers will reportedly select A-list stars to introduce the various segments.
The Oscars will air live on February 24 from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.