Whenever there is a controversy surrounding jokes or a particular comedian, one person that is frequently asked to offer his opinion on the matter is Jerry Seinfeld. From Roseanne to James Gunn, when a joke is the catalyst of controversy the comedian is always willing to give his take. So with the recent kerfuffle surrounding Kevin Hart's very brief turn as Oscar host, Jerry Seinfeld has once again weighed in, saying:
Who got screwed in that deal? I think Kevin's gonna be fine. But find another Kevin Hart, that's not so easy. He's a brilliant guy with a movie career.
Jerry Seinfeld doesn't explicitly say what he thinks about Kevin Hart's past jokes, the request from the Academy that he apologize or his decision to step down. Instead he is looking at the end result of the situation and who won and who lost. And in that regard, Jerry Seinfeld seems to see the situation as the Oscars taking a major L by losing Kevin Hart as a host.
Despite the controversy, Jerry Seinfeld does not believe that this will hurt his fellow comedian, who is talented and has a very successful movie career. He thinks that Kevin Hart will be just fine, but by dropping out, the Academy finds itself in quite the bind. As Jerry Seinfeld told Willie Geist on Sunday Today, replacing the popular comedian is no easy thing.
It's hard to argue with him either on that point. Kevin Hart was announced as the host later than the announcement is usually made, and now the Academy is presumably scrambling to find someone just as exciting to replace him, and no doubt hoping that old social media posts don't once again rear their ugly head.
There has even been talk that the Academy is considering going without a host for the upcoming ceremony. That would definitely be something different, and the Academy is trying to shake things up to improve ratings. Of course, there's no way to know if Kevin Hart, a replacement host for the comedian or a host-less show would do more to help bring in viewers. But given Kevin Hart's popularity, you can see Jerry Seinfeld's point.
At the moment, the situation seems to have done more obvious harm to next year's Oscars ceremony than to Kevin Hart's career. Although even the mildest of controversies is bound to result in social media shouting matches, a recent poll indicates that a major sentiment toward the controversy is one of ambivalence.
However, it was apparently a dream of Kevin Hart's to host the Oscars and he now won't get that chance, not this upcoming ceremony anyway. So while his career might be fine and his fans might still think well of him, he does now miss out on an opportunity he wanted.
The 91st Academy Awards airs, host or not, on Sunday, February 24, 2019. For all the movies coming to theaters next year, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.