January 07, 2019
The controversy surrounding Kevin Hart's non-hosting of the 2019 Academy Awards permeated throughout the start of award show season at Sunday night's Golden Globes.
In case you're behind on the issue, Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after several homophobic tweets written by the comedian resurfaced last month. In an in interview with Ellen DeGeneres last week, DeGeneres urged Hart to reconsider. After further consideration, Hart again declined hosting the ceremony.
The controversy was touched on at the top of the Golden Globe Awards, with co-host Andy Samberg starting off, "We are gonna have some fun, give out some awards, and one lucky audience member will host the Oscars!" The Academy has announced they would proceed without a host this year.
On the red carpet, Lena Waithe, one of the stars of Showtime's "The Chi," also brought up the topic while being interviewed by Variety.
Lena Waithe on Kevin Hart Oscar controversy: "I don't think he even understood the ramifications of what he said. I do think it has to be a teachable moment for all of us" https://t.co/xW4bpydr9H pic.twitter.com/bT7EOX0axd— Variety (@Variety) January 7, 2019
"I think we got to make this a teachable moment," she said. "We should stand firm at what we did and try to challenge everybody else not to do that kind of thing anymore."
She continued, "We got to make sure the gay community is no longer the butt of the joke. That's my thing." She said she didn't think Hart "understood the ramifications of what he said," but that it's "a teachable moment for all of us."
Who should host? Wanda Sykes, Laithe suggested.
After Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph presented two Golden Globe awards together, arguably stealing the show with an Emmy-spoof marriage proposal, some on Twitter suggested they'd make suitable for the Oscars, as well.
IF WE STILL DONT HAVE ANYONE TO HOST THE OSCARS, CAN AMY POEHLER AND MAYA RUDOLPH DO IT PLEASE— Peti Deer (@petideer) January 7, 2019
Catch up on what happened at the Golden Globes here.