tvweek.com  12/7/2018 7:08:58 PM  2

The president and CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said Kevin Hart “shouldn’t have stepped down; he should have stepped up,” after the comedian announced he would not be hosting the upcoming Oscars.

Sarah Kate Ellis commented on Hart’s move in a statement today to TheWrap. “Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness,” she said.

As we reported previously, Hart stepped down from the hosting job after coming under fire for past social media posts and other comments that were widely perceived as homophobic.

Ellis noted that the organization would “still welcome that conversation with him.”

“The Academy has recently made significant strides in featuring diverse talent onstage and they should now double down on that commitment as they look for a new host,” she said in her statement.

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