Steve Harvey says he doesn’t want to host the Oscars: ‘I don’t want them digging up my past’

Steve Harvey is not down to host the Oscars. ET caught up with the 61-year-old comedian ahead of his hosting gig at the Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday and he shut down any speculation that he'd fill Kevin Hart's shoes on the Oscars stage. "Oh no, I can't host the Oscars," he insisted. "Hell, if … Continue reading “Steve Harvey says he doesn’t want to host the Oscars: ‘I don’t want them digging up my past’”

Steve Harvey is not down to host the Oscars.

ET caught up with the 61-year-old comedian ahead of his hosting gig at the Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday and he shut down any speculation that he'd fill Kevin Hart's shoes on the Oscars stage.

"Oh no, I can't host the Oscars," he insisted. "Hell, if they won't let Kevin Hart host the Oscars, how the hell are they going to let me host the Oscars?"

"I don’t want to host the Oscars because I don’t want them digging up my past," he joked.

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Harvey's comments come after Hart stepped down from the hosting role following public outcry when past homophobic tweets were recirculated.

Though the Oscars may not be in Harvey's future, he is overjoyed to host Miss Universe, despite announcing the wrong winner's name in 2015, during his first time hosting the competition.

"Who wouldn't want this on your resume? It's a great gig," he said. "Other than the first time I did it, it's been a great experience, you know?"

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Though Harvey isn't interested in the Oscars job, Ken Jeong wouldn't turn it down! Jeong spoke to ET Live following Whoopi Goldberg's declaration that he'd be her pick for the gig.

"I was just so flattered that Whoopi had even said that," Jeong said earlier this week. "I honestly don't even think about it except I'm so flattered to be thought of."

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Jeong went on to add that he'd "be happy to be a part of it in any way possible."

The 2018 Miss Universe competition airs live Dec. 16 from Bangkok, Thailand, at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.

Jerry Seinfeld weighs in on Kevin Hart Oscar controversy, says it won’t be ‘so easy’ to replace as host

For Jerry Seinfeld, the fallout between Kevin Hart and the Oscars is the award show’s problem, not Hart’s.

“Kevin is in a position because he’s a brilliant comedian to kind of decide what he wants to do,” Seinfeld told Willie Geist in a preview clip of a “Sunday Today” interview. “He doesn’t have to step down, but he can.”

Seinfeld, 64, who has commented on comedians under fire throughout the years, thinks Hart will walk away unscathed from his drama of stepping down from hosting the award show after catching backlash from homophobic tweets that resurfaced from several years ago.

“Who got screwed in that deal?” he asked. “I think Kevin’s gonna be fine, but find another Kevin Hart, that’s not so easy, he’s a brilliant guy with a movie career.”

But Seinfeld thinks navigating the landscape of an evolving audience comes with being a comedian.

“Most of the time comedians are expected to be the most agile in terms of how we think and construct our thoughts and what comes out of our mouths,” he explained. “We have been navigating these slalom gates forever.”

“It’s like Lindsay Vonn,” he joked referring to the Olympic skier. “Wherever you put the gates, I’m gonna make them, that’s the gig.”

The full interview will air Sunday, December 16 on NBC.

This article originally appeared in Page Six. 

Nick Cannon calls out Oscars’ history of racism amid Kevin Hart hosting controversy

Nick Cannon isn't just defending his friend and fellow comedian Kevin Hart over the Oscars hosting controversy. He's also going after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself.

Cannon was one of many cheering the decision to appoint Hart as host of the Feb. 24 telecast but then with dismay watched as his friend voluntarily stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets. Hart contended he'd already addressed those tweets and they no longer represented his views.

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Cannon, who on Monday was promoting his new show, "The Masked Singer," told The Associated Press he talked with Hart during the controversy, and said,  "I felt that the Academy actually could've handled it in a different way." He added that organizers should have done their research before offering Hart the gig.

The veteran "Wild N Out" host also said there's an irony to this situation because he believes the Academy has its own skeletons when it comes to both racism and a lack of diversity.

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He recalled that as recently as 2014, the 6,000 or so Oscar voters were nearly 94 percent white and 77 percent male. "But things are changing. We've allowed them to grow. So why can't we allow the people that the Academy employs or empowers to grow?"

Cannon also noted how when actress Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award in 1940 for "Gone With the Wind," she had to sit in the back corner of the venue alone because it had a strict no-blacks policy. "Did anybody receive an apology for that?" Cannon asked. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not respond to request for comment Tuesday.

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Other comedians like Kathy Griffin and Hannah Gadsby have voiced their support for Hart even if they view his apology as underwhelming.

Gadsby, an openly gay comedian, said Hart could've used the situation as a learning lesson. Gadsby told The AP Hart could "bridge those things that he once said and to a certain point believed, that he no longer does. I think it's a lost moment that could've been a really constructive bridge."

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Cannon also showed support for Hart on Twitter by re-posting old tweets from female comics Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler that also contained LGBTQ slurs and derogatory terms.

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Cannon said he wanted to highlight "great artists" who he respects. "Again, there's clearly a double standard in Hollywood." He added: "I just wanted to show it doesn't matter what your race, your gender or even your perspective truly is. We all make mistakes — myself included."

Pat Sajak suggests ‘quick fix’ for Oscars: ‘On the second night, hold your political rally’

Pat Sajak is the latest star to weigh in on the direction of the Oscars after Kevin Hart stepped down as host over past tweets he wrote many deemed as homophobic.

On Sunday, the "Wheel of Fortune" host went on Twitter to suggest a "quick fix for the Academy Awards show."

"Expand it two nights," Sajak, 72, wrote.

"On the first night, give out awards, and celebrate the history and wonder of movies," he continued. "On the second night, hold your political rally."

Sajak's comment comes on the heels of comedian Hart stepping down as the host of the Oscars after critics surfaced homophobic tweets from 2010 and 2011.

“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,” the "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" actor, 39, wrote on Friday.

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KEVIN HART STEPS DOWN FROM OSCAR HOSTING GIG AMID CRITICISM OVER PAST ANTI-GAY TWEETS 

However, this isn't the first time Sajak has taken to social media to share how he's felt.

In October, the game show legend went on Twitter to remind his followers to vote in the midterm elections, while simultaneously slamming those who require a TV personality to do their civic duty. In a controversial claim, he went as far as to say certain people shouldn’t even bother voting.

“I would encourage you to vote next month, but if you need a TV game show host to remind you, then you probably shouldn’t,” he wrote.

While it’s not usually considered a good message to encourage people not to vote, within the context of Sajak’s often playful Twitter presence, it seems as though he was simply making a joke.

In his way, Sajak joined the slew of celebrities who took the November election as an opportunity to encourage fans to vote as well as express their own political beliefs.

Fox News' Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

Academy Awards considers going without host: report

Following Kevin Hart’s announcement that he was bowing out of as host of the 2019 Academy Awards, a report on Monday suggested that organizers behind the annual event are considering airing next year’s telecast without a host.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is exploring all options, sources with knowledge of the situation told Variety.

The show may go sans host, an insider told the outlet, and instead would feature “a bunch of huge celebs, something ‘SNL’ style, and buzzy people to throw to commercial.”

Organizers reportedly are leery of booking a host considered too controversial or “off the cuff,” the report claimed.

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Hart announced last week that he was stepping down from hosting the award show amid criticism over years-old tweets deemed anti-gay.

“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,” Hart tweeted.

In a follow-up tweet he added, "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."

Shortly after announcing the hosting gig, several now-deleted tweets by Hart using words such as “homo” and “gay,” dating back to 2011, resurfaced.

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In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said "If I can prevent my son from being gay, I will."

GLAAD, a group founded by LGBT people in media, said it had contacted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to discuss Hart’s gig prior to his stepping down.

The 91st Academy Awards is set to air Sunday, Feb. 24.

Fox News’ Louis Casciano contributed to this report.

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GLAAD: Kevin Hart should host 2019 Oscars despite homophobic tweets

Kevin Hart backed out of hosting the 2019 Oscars after facing backlash for old homophobic tweets — but the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says the organization wishes that the comedian would have kept the gig.

"Kevin Hart shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up," GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

"Hart's apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness. We would still welcome that conversation with him," Ellis continued. "The Academy has recently made significant strides in featuring diverse talent onstage and they should now double down on that commitment as they look for a new host."

Shortly after announcing the hosting gig on Tuesday, several now-deleted tweets by Hart using words including "homo" and "gay," dating back to 2011, resurfaced, as did a bit from a 2010 standup special in which Hart said, "If I can prevent my son from being gay, I will."

GLAAD previously announced that it had contacted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to discuss Hart's gig prior to him stepping down.

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"We've reached out to @ABCNetwork, @TheAcademy and @KevinHart4real’s management to discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage," the group tweeted Thursday.

Initially, Hart, 39, stood his ground after he claimed ABC told him to apologize or they were "going to have to move on to find another host," saying in an Instagram video, "I chose to pass. The reason I passed because I've addressed this several times. I've said where the rights and wrongs were. I know who I am now versus who I was then."

Later Thursday night, however, he offered a mea culpa and announced he was stepping down from the Academy Awards, tweeting, "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 continued, "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."

Kevin Kline, Michael Blackson defend Kevin Hart after Oscars controversy

Actor Kevin Kline and comedian Michael Blackson showed support for Kevin Hart after he backed out of hosting the 2019 Oscars following backlash over old tweets in which he used homophobic language.

"People have been making jokes about gay people, about Jews, about Afro-Americans — times are changing, but you know, at certain times, that was common fodder for standup comedians," Kline, 71, told TMZ. "But I think Kevin Hart's very funny. Lighten up!"

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Hart, 39, announced Tuesday night that he'd host movies' biggest night this year and quickly came under fire after tweets from 2011 resurfaced that featured allegedly derogatory language about the LGBTQ community.

Regardless of who hosts, don't expect Kline to be a captive audience. He quipped, "I'll watch my usual 10 minutes."

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Blackson, 46, a friend of Hart, said that the "Night School" star will be fine — and that the Academy Awards should have looked into Hart's history before hiring him to host.

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"Why are they giving him a job without looking him up first?" Blackson told TMZ. "Especially black comedians, we've all said things in our lifetime, whether it was 10, 20 years ago … at that particular moment it's probably what was a hot topic to talk about. Go back to the '80s — Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor — they made every comment about everything. We've all made mistakes. There are no perfect black comedians."

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Referencing Bill Cosby, Blackson added, "There is one perfect black comedian who never said the wrong thing, and look where he is — he's in jail!"

Blackson's not concerned about Hart facing any potential fallout in his career from the Oscars debacle.

"He's gonna bounce back, he's a f—king super-duper-star. He's rich," Blackson exclaimed. "The Oscar pays $10 an hour. The power is the big thing that comes with it. Jimmy Kimmel got paid $10 an hour to host. Kevin is rich … I'm available, by the way."

Kevin Hart withdrawing as Oscars host sparks fiery reaction on social media

Late Thursday night, comedian Kevin Hart announced he was stepping down from hosting this year’s Academy Awards after years-old tweets he sent were deemed anti-gay.

The A-list star first responded to the controversy on Instagram late last night, urging people to “stop looking for reasons to be negative.”

"I am truly happy people … there is nothing that you can do to change that … NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all … with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me,” Hart wrote. “I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man I am becoming," Hart added. "You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love. …. Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive.”

Hart later told his Instagram followers that The Academy had given him an ultimatum to either apologize or he’d no longer be hosting. He remained defiant and said he “passed” on the apology since he had addressed his offensive tweets in the past and said he’s “moved on.”

However, Hart had a change of heart on Twitter and later in the evening offered an apology to the LGBTQ community.

“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,” Hart tweeted. “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.”

Hart’s decision to step down as Oscars host drew a fiery reaction on Twitter with many expressing frustrations with the P.C. "mob" that went after Hart.

Critics continued to pile on Hart, calling him “homophobic.”

Fox News' Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

Kevin Hart steps down from Oscar hosting gig amid criticism over past anti-gay tweets

Comedian Kevin Hart has announced he is stepping down from hosting the 2019 Academy Awards amid criticism over years-old tweets deemed anti-gay.

Hart, 39, posted on Twitter early Friday an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past comments.

“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,” Hart tweeted.

In a follow-up tweet, he added that" "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."

The announcement came two days after Hart announced on his Instagram account that he’d been selected to host the 91st Academy Awards, which will be broadcast Feb. 24. He was slated to take over the hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel, who emceed the past two ceremonies.

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Shortly after announcing the hosting gig, several now-deleted tweets by Hart using words such as “homo” and “gay,” dating back to 2011, resurfaced.

In a 2010 stand-up special, Hart said "If I can prevent my son from being gay, I will."

GLAAD, a media monitoring group founded by LGBT people in media, said it had contacted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to discuss Hart’s gig prior to him stepping down.

"We’ve reached out to @ABCNetwork, @TheAcademy and @KevinHart4real’s management to discuss Kevin’s anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage," the group tweeted.

Late Thursday, Hart reacted to the backlash in an Instagram video.

"If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me, a shirtless Hart said. "I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming.  "If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past then…I'm the wrong guy, man."

Some Twitter users, including celebrities, were not amused.

Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ equality, also chimed in.

In another Instagram video, Hart said the Academy asked him to apologize for the past tweets or "we're going to have to move on to find another host."

"I chose to pass," Hart said. "The reason I passed because I've addressed this several times. I've said where the rights and wrongs were. I've who I am now versus who I was then."

"We feed into the Internet trolls and we reward them, I'm not going to do it, man. I'm going to be me, and stand my ground," he continued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kevin Hart’s most controversial comments, from lewd Trump dig at MTV VMAs to Super Bowl rant

The 2019 Academy Awards has a new host: Kevin Hart.

The actor and comedian announced the news in an Instagram post on Tuesday, saying he was “blown away” because hosting the awards, which will be broadcast Feb. 24 on ABC, “has been a goal on my list for a long time.”

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Hart will take the position from Jimmy Kimmel, who has been the Oscars host for the past two ceremonies.

The gig brings a lot of responsibility, and the “Night School” star is expected to steer clear of political topics “that could prove too controversial for the worldwide audience,” Vanity Fair reported.

But Hart has made headlines in the past for some of his outlandish comments, once taking a dig at President Trump while hosting a different awards show.

Read on for a look at some of the comedian’s wildest comments.

“Joking” about not wanting his son to be gay 

In a 2010 "Seriously Funny" sketch, Hart said his "biggest fear" was his son Hendrix growing up to be gay.

“Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic. I have nothing against gay people. Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will," he said at the time, detailing moments in which his son showed signs of what Hart described as homosexuality.

"Stop, that’s gay!" Hart said he told his son in response.

Following his Oscars news Tuesday, however, many social media users took to Twitter to express their discontent with Hart being named host — resurfacing the comment and questioning whether the comedian is the right choice for the job.

"And the Oscar for most homophobic host ever goes to…" one Twitter user wrote, sharing the excerpt from the 2010 sketch.

"Kevin Hart is going to be hosting #TheOscars on a year that is set to honor many films that have queer characters (A Star is Born, The Favourite, Can You Ever Forgive Me?). Hart has said that one of his biggest fears is his son being gay… Read below for more. Pretty sad," another wrote.

In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Hart opened up about the sketch, explaining the joke was "about [his] fear."

"It’s about my fear. I’m thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Not that I’m not gonna love my son or think about him any differently. The funny thing within that joke is it’s me getting mad at my son because of my own insecurities — I panicked. It has nothing to do with him, it’s about me," he said.

"That’s the difference between bringing a joke across that’s well thought-out and saying something just to ruffle feathers," he added, noting he wouldn't repeat the joke in today's age because "the times weren't as sensitive [in 2010] as they are now."

2018 MTV Video Music Awards

While presenting at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in August, Hart took aim at President Trump and told the audience they were “allowed to kneel,” a comment which likely referred to the way some NFL players have protested during the national anthem at the start of games.

"[In] this game you're allowed to kneel," Hart said while presenting with fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish.

"You can do whatever you want, there's no old white men to stop you,” he added.

The award show was like "a typical day at the White House,” the 39-year-old also said.

“Beefs pop off, bad language, people run to the bathroom and send out crazy tweets,” Hart said. "It's basically like a typical day at the White House. In your face Trump, suck it."

The lewd comment came after Hart was called out by comedian Kathy Griffin, who once faced backlash for holding a simulation of Trump’s decapitated head, for not attacking the president during his comedy shows.

"I do feel like this is such an anxiety-ridden time for everyone that there is a thirst for all kinds of comedy," Griffin told USA Today in June.

"And look, if you want to not hear about Trump at all, go see Kevin Hart. He doesn't even mention Trump. I personally think that's a p—- move because he's a black man. But I guess he's selling more tickets than I ever will,” she added.

Dropping the F-bomb after the Eagles’ Super Bowl win

The ''Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" star and die-hard Eagles fan made headlines when he interrupted an interview with Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox just after the team’s 2018 Super Bowl win against the Patriots. At this moment, Hart dropped an F-bomb on live TV.

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“Philadelphia’s a great city,” Hart said. “I thought, I hope this is an example of what we can do. We gave a f— … ooh."

“I’m out,” Hart, who reportedly previously claimed he was intoxicated at the time, added before dropping the microphone.

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His “sexist” monologue on SNL 

Hart was slammed on social media following his opening monologue in a December 2017 "Saturday Night Live" episode that many users argued was sexist.

"You never heard a kid say, 'I can't wait to get home and play with my mom,'" Hart said as part of his monologue that detailed the different roles mothers and fathers play while parenting.

"You ain't never heard that. 'Can't wait for mommy and me time.' That don't exist. Don't no kids say that. All the fun responsibility lies on the shoulder of the father," he continued.

But the comment angered many, leading some to say the monologue was sexist.

"2017 has seen incredible progress for women. Kevin Hart’s opening monologue belongs in 2016. Disappointed in @nbcsnl for a #sexist opening monologue #snl," one person tweeted.

"@KevinHart4real this is the most sexist opener I've heard. It's 2017. Women work. Men drop children off at school. It's called a partnership. #SNL," another wrote.

"Kevin Hart, do u know it's 2017?? This cold open would have been funny in 1950 #SNL," a third said.

Hart allegedly joked that dark-skinned women have “bad credit”

In 2010, Hart reportedly said on Twitter that light-skinned women "usually have better credit" than those with dark skin.

"Light-skinned women usually have better credit than dark-skinned women…broke a** dark h*** LOL," Hart reportedly wrote in 2010, according to BET.

After receiving backlash for the tweet – which resurfaced on Twitter earlier this year, according to Rolling Out – Hart told Playboy in a 2014 interview his tweet was "taken out of context."

“Listen, that was just me being silly on Twitter, playing on a trending topic," he told the publication, according to BET. "Some people were offended by it, but that’s always a risk with comedy. Nobody’s going to find everything funny. I didn’t feel I had to apologize for something that was misconstrued and taken out of context. I have no ill will toward women, not dark-skinned women, not light-skinned women. I was just being silly. I’m a comedian. Being silly is my job; it’s how I pay my bills.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas, Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.