Hollywood star Kevin Hart has hit out at the ‘malicious career ending’ attack that followed the announcement that he would host this year’s Oscars ceremony.
The comedian walked away from his “dream job” as the host of the awards after controversial ‘homophobic’ tweets from a decade ago, resurfaced and forced Hart to quit the role during the eye of a media storm.
Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 39-year-old said he believed that the digging up of these tweets, after searching though tens of thousands that he had sent, was an indication that there was a ‘malicious attempt’ to end his career.
He has reaffirmed his decision to leave the hosting role, while speaking on Variety’s Playback podcast, replying to to a question about him returning to the Oscars with, “Would I ever do it? No, it’s done. It’s done.”
Keving continued to say: “The moment came and it was a blessing and I was excited at the opportunity and I still am.
“In my mind, I got the job, it was a dream job, and things came up that simply prohibited it from happening. But I don’t believe in going backward.”
He added, “There’s no ill will toward the Academy.”
Kevin then seemed to have a slight change of heart hours later when Ellen DeGeneres made an impassioned plea for him to tell the Academy that he would host the ceremony after all.
The talk show host revealed that she had spoken to the Academy and had pleaded with them to take Kevin back.
Apparently, they would be open to Kevin coming back and it was news that has seen him decide to reassess the situation.
Speaking to Ellen, he said: “This is a conversation I needed to have, I’m glad that I had it here, and I’m glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be.
“So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else.”
Kevin believes that he has apologised on a number of occasions for the tweets that he posted in 2008.
He blames the “manipulation of headlines” for stoking up the backlash against him, with the point that he had already said sorry before, being omitted from the coverage.
Kevin said: “You’re living in a time where words and point of views can be misconstrued because of how strong the Internet is.
“The manipulation of headlines is what was amazing when this whole thing hit.
“It was, ‘Kevin Hart Steps Down Because He Refuses to Apologise for Homophobic Tweets.’ The word, again, somehow got lost, which is a major word.
Kevin continued with his rant against the backlash, saying: “I’ve addressed this several times, I apologised and after apologising I said I understand why people would be upset from these tweets, why people would be hurt, why people would be damaged. You know what? I get it.
“Not only am I sorry, I’m going to make it a point to never joke like this again.”
The ball now seems to be in Kevin’s court as to whether he will take on the hosting job and Academy members will wait with baited breath to see whether he reverses his decision to quit.