Hart’s confirmation of wanting to be host could come through his social media or via a spokesperson, an Oscars insider told Variety.
However, that confirmation may not ever come. In his interview with Ellen, he said he stepped down from the position because he didn’t want to distract from the nominees.
According to Deadline, multiple sources close to Hart say he won’t reemerge as host.
Although Hart has received support from both the Academy and Ellen, not everyone was as quick to forgive. Gay news anchor Don Lemon spoke about Hart in a news segment, saying he wasn’t happy with how he was dealing with the controversy.
“Kevin Hart whines he didn’t even get 24 hours to celebrate his Oscars bid before his tweets resurfaced,” someone tweeted. “Fighting for ones’ identity as an LGBTQ person is a lifelong battle that never, ever ends.”
“This is wrong,” another tweeted in response to Ellen’s support of Hart. “To a certain type of celebrity, the internet is a ‘mob,’ critics are ‘haters,’ and those who think someone with a long history of homophobic comments shouldn’t host the Oscars are standing in the way of a dream.”