Oscar 2019: Kevin Hart Oscar-Hosting Controversy Continues

The Kevin Hart Oscar hosting controversy continues, and no one benefits from it, least of all the Academy.

After CNN anchor Don Lemon criticized Kevin Hart interview on Ellen, the possible Oscars host has posted a response to the journalist.

In an Instagram post, Hart emphasized the importance of learning and growth.

“Basketball players aren’t great until they LEARN how to play the game correctly,” he began, and went on to name several other occupations, including CEOs and doctors, who have to learn before they can excel.

At the end, Hart finished with, “A news anchor or journalist does not start at the top…they have to LEARN to develop to be great at their job.”

In the caption, Hart wrote, “When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge. You can’t change without a understanding of what GROWTH means.”

The Academy is open to Hart returning as Oscars host, but Hart himself would have to approach them with willingness to return.  AMPAS is still waiting for Hart to have a “meaningful” conversation about his old tweets, which “Ellen” did not discuss or clarified.

The resumption of Oscars host talks for Hart led to strong response from the leading LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

“From when this news first broke, GLAAD said Kevin Hart should not step down from the Oscars, he should step up and send an unequivocal message of acceptance to LGBTQ youth that matches the force and impact of his initial anti-LGBTQ remarks,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.