The announcement of Kevin Hart as the potential host of the 91st Oscars bugged a lot of people. From various corners of the internet and social media, many voiced their issues with the comedian hosting. Most of this discourse surrounded issues regarding homophobia and potential domestic violence in Hart’s past. The media circus quickly grew, and less than 48 hours after he was announced as the host of the Oscars, he has left the show. Now, the Oscars are back to square one, and have no host at the present moment.
The Oscars have lost hosts before. The largest controversy like this occurred after Brett Ratner made homophobic comments. That year, Eddie Murphy took on the hosting duties. After the firing of Ratner, Murphey left the Oscars as well. Billy Crystal took over the hosting role after the controversy. The question facing the Academy now will revolve around who might take the role.
Hart leaving is a negative to some groups, including GLAAD. The organization, known for taking on LGBTQ+ issues, felt they lost a teachable moment with Hart’s departure. Sarah Kate Ellis, the CEO/President of GLAAD had this to say:
“We were hoping this was going to turn into a teachable moment. That Kevin Hart would still be hosting the Oscars and he would be using this moment to show, not only his evolution around the LGBTQ community but also to then use the Oscar stage…to help build unity and awareness around the LGBTQ community and how we are marginalized in this country.”