When ET caught up Steve Harvey on Friday, he shut down any speculation that step in and host the Oscars stage now that Kevin Hart has stepped down.
“Oh no, I can’t host the Oscars,” he insisted. “Hell, if they won’t let Kevin Hart host the Oscars, how the hell are they going to let me host the Oscars?”
“I don’t want to host the Oscars because I don’t want them digging up my past,” he joked.
Harvey’s comments come after Hart decided not to host the show after a hater dug up his past homophobic tweets and they were recirculated.
“I want Ken to do it, Ken Jeong,” she said when Stephen Colbert asked if she’s been called to host the show since Hart announced that he’s stepping down.’
“He would be brilliant,” she continued. “It would also constitute the first Asian American to host the Oscars. It would be a whole series of firsts. And he also loves film and I think that’s what you need in a host. You need somebody who actually gets why films are great and can tell you the ins and the outs and the silliness of movies.”
“I was just so flattered that Whoopi had even said that,” Jeong said earlier this week. “I honestly don’t even think about it except I’m so flattered to be thought of.”
He went on to add that he’d “be happy to be a part of it in any way possible.”
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