On Friday morning, Kevin Hart had to step down from his duties as the 2019 Oscars host, following unearthed homophobic tweets from 2008 and 2009 in which Kevin expressed his hypothetical regret had he raised a son who turned out to be gay.
According to Radar Online, the Academy has been energetically trying to find a replacement, with the Awards ceremony only 3 months away, premiering in February of 2019.
The outlet claims the Academy has been speaking with Eddie Murphy about the position, but thus far, Murphy is far from interested. And this isn’t the first time Eddie has refused either.
Back in 2012, he backed out of hosting the Oscars due to their treatment of his frequent collaborator, Brett Ratner. Brett supposedly made homophobic remarks in 2012, around 5 years before he was inevitably accused of sexual assault and harassment by more than one woman in the midst of the #MeToo movement.
The report states that the committee has tried to get in contact with Murphy, although the backlash against Kevin is likely to push Mr. Murphy away even more.
In a statement released during his first controversy involving the Academy in 2012, Murphy said that he respected the committee’ decision but had ultimately decided to refuse their offer. Tom Sherak, the organization’s 2012 president, declared in a publication as well that he was happy to hear Murphy had taken the loss of his creative partner so well.
As it was previously reported, following the Academy’s confirmation on Twitter that Kevin was joining next year’s ceremony, several publications and social media users online began searching for incriminating tweets from the actor’s past.
The material was easily found, considering Kevin’s occupation as a stand-up comedian. In an Instagram post shortly after, he said that he had refused to apologize to the Academy because it was the right thing for him to do.
Furthermore, Kevin took to his Instagram to say that people were merely looking for things to be angry and upset about. Other Hollywood celebrities and industry executives criticized his response, but a fair share of social media commenters appeared to back Kevin’s choice.