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‘I Got an Ego Check’: Kevin Hart Talks Moving Past His Foiled Opportunity to Host the Oscars and the ‘Win’ He Earned From the Situation

Kevin Hart has moved past “missed opportunities,” including his 2018 Oscars hosting debacle.

The comedian had been tapped to host the awards ceremony the following year when tweets from over a decade earlier, where he hypothetically joked about negatively reacting to his son being gay, resurfaced. The tweets were deemed to be homophobic by various groups, including LGBTQ advocates, and resulted in demands for Hart to apologize or miss out on his dream of hosting the Oscars. 

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Kevin Hart speaks on moving past his Oscars fallout from 2018. (Photo: @kevinhart4real/Instagram

)Hart responded to the backlash. “I’ve passed on the apology…This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were,” said the “Night School’ actor in a video shared to social media. By Dec. 7 he publicly announced he was stepping down from hosting duties while apologizing for hurting those he had hurt. 

Now, nearly three years since the box office star said he was done speaking on the issue, he has shared his thoughts on hosting the ceremony if a second chance were to come around. “I think the moment’s gone,” Hart told “Hollywood Unlocked” host Jason Lee. “The time that it was presented it would have been nice. Things didn’t work out, rightfully so, you know, and I think moving forward it’s not about trying to still capture that moment, it’s about realizing the win that came from it.”

“For me that was an education. I got a crash course in education and I got an ego check and I was humbled,” he continued. “What I thought something was, it wasn’t. The ego didn’t allow me to open up my eyes and really see clear.”

With his ego in check Hart managed to rebound from the situation and has proved his star power has only become brighter. Now the CEO of his own production company, HartBeat Productions, and own comedy platform, LOL Network, Hart has sunk his teeth into creating new content with Hollywood’s big studios. But it’s not all about jokes and money for the comedian, who has raked in over a billion dollars for studios with his films, it’s about paving a way for those who will follow in his footsteps.

“There is no ceiling to success, there is no limit. For me it’s about creating opportunities for others; it’s about the generation behind me.”


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