Kevin Hart says he won't be hosting Academy Awards

Kevin Hart responded to Don Lemon's request for him to become and LBGTQ ally

The veteran comedian has shut down the idea of replacing Kevin Hart to host next month's Oscars ceremony.

There was speculation that he might return, but on Wednesday he told ABC's Good Morning America: "I'm not hosting the Oscars this year".

The conversation, of course, came in the wake of Kevin Hart stepping down from hosting this year's ceremony after he received backlash for old homophobic tweets, as well as jokes in his stand-up material from his past. Probably not! It's 2019, and the Academy needs to get it through their heads that in our society of fractured entertainment options, the Oscars are never going to recapture the ratings they once had.

"I don't have time to prepare and do it correctly", he said.

Hmm, it's not a stretch to think that the Academy might invite Hart back in the future - the buzz surrounding it would surely draw in viewership, but then again it could absolutely distract from the night, too. Hart has also said he previously addressed the controversial tweets and stand-up routines, but outlets including CNN and New York Magazine's Vulture could find evidence of an apology until after Hart chose to step down.

"Once again, Kevin Hart apologises for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community".

"I will say this, and I want to make this very clear", he said. In my mind I got the job, it was a dream job, and things came up that simply prohibited it from happening.

The actor said he has given all he can thus far and "said everything I can possibly say".

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"I've done it several times and I've tweeted it, I've talked about it when I went on Ellen and on the radio show - I'm just done".

'I'm over that, I'm over the moment, and I'm about today, so if it's accepted, great, if it's not, it's nothing I can control.

"I really had to dive into the whole thing, even the tweets", Hart explained. "So I'm done with it".

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Oscars will air without a host, Variety has confirmed.

He told "GMA" he's not giving any more explanations. If you feed this energy then it's going to grow.

He added: "You shouldn't have to prove that, you shouldn't have to justify that".

"If you didn't [hear the apology], I don't know what you're looking for", Hart said. I'm not saying how I've changed anymore.

Hart added that he's apologized back in the late 2000s when the comments first happened and multiple times after.

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