Oscars fumble host test in wake of Kevin Hart's exit

Shortly after, reports have floated that ABC is open to Hart returning hosting the Oscars, which have flagged in viewership over the past few years.

In a post on Instagram, Hart said he got a call from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was asked to apologize for his prior tweets or step down as host.

A source told PEOPLE at the time that The Academy was considering bringing Hart back as host. I'll be watching regardless, because unlike the Golden Globes (which are a joke voted on by only 90 global journalists), at least the Oscars paints a better picture of what the actual people working in Hollywood think about the year in movies. "For the first time in almost three decades, the biggest night in movies plans to go without a host, individuals with knowledge of the plans told Variety".

It's a choice made significantly more hard by the reality that Hart is in the middle of a press tour for his latest film, The Upside, co-starring Bryan Cranston.

Last month, Hart chose to step down from his role hosting the ceremony after LGBT activists complained about anti-gay tweets he posted between 2009 to 2011, despite his profuse apologies.

According to NBC News, Hart responded to Lemon's statements in his new radio show apology and argued some members of the LGBTQ community members have become overly "bullish". "You're not getting no more of my energy from it".

"I say I'm done with it".

"I have an understanding that I've addressed it and I've said everything that I can possibly say". There is no more conversation about it. I'm over that, I'm over the moment, and I'm about today. If it's not, it's nothing that I can control. Some things are left out of your hands, so I'm done with it. "So I'm done with it". "You're talking about two weeks that I would really have to prepare", he said.

He told "GMA" he's not giving any more explanations.

"If you keep feeding this energy, then it's going to grow". There was a possibility of Hart coming back if the Academy felt his appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show revealed true remorse, but Hart once again played the victim card as opposed to offering any kind of a genuine apology. "We are a huge group of people who love you and want you to host the Oscars".

"I'm not saying how I've changed anymore, I'm not saying what I've done and what the new me is". While the 39-year-old entertainer said he previously apologized, the Oscars and the public asked him to take greater accountability but he gave contention in doing so.

Vanessa Coleman