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If the academy wants an A-list host for the Oscars, good luck


Not everyone wanted Hart to step down, including GLAAD, whose president, Sarah Kate Ellis, pointed to his huge following and said that “he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness.”


In the past decade, the Philadelphia native has gone from well-known name to bona fide movie star and wildly successful comedian who can sell out football stadiums.


In 2011, when his stand-up documentary earned $7.7 million at the box office, Hart broadened his fan base after serving as the unofficial host of the MTV Video Music Awards.


According to the Hollywood Reporter, big names who seem well suited for the job — Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — have all passed.


Hiring Hart would have made him one of only a few black Oscars hosts, a list that includes Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Rock (who faced blowback at the 2016 ceremony for telling a joke about Asians ).


Or would a well-established comedic actress such as Tracee Ellis Ross want to invite the intense picking-apart that’s a part of being an Oscars host, including the inevitable Internet trolls?






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