Target Has Dropped Chrissy Teigen Cookware Line

Target is no longer selling model and liberal activist Chrissy Teigen’s cookware in their stores.

“The retailer has pulled her Cravings cookware line from its website,” a Fox Business report outlined Thursday. “However, her trio of Cravings cookbooks remain available on the site.”

“We made the mutual decision in December to no longer carry the cookware line, given our continued focus on brands we develop and that can only be found at Target,” the company said in a statement.

Teigen made headlines this week when it was revealed that the model harassed, bullied, and allegedly sent private death threats to a then-16-year-old girl named Courtney Stodden.

It remains unclear when the cookware was pulled, but according to a source at TMZ, it was removed in April. However, The Sun suggested Thursday that the products were “scrubbed” from Target’s website following the Stodden scandal.

The TMZ report noted that Teigen’s cookware is still available on her website and other retailers, adding that “some Target brick-and-mortar stores still have the line in their inventory,” according to Fox Business.

Daily Wire host Candace Owens, who recently called on Target to dump Teigen, celebrated the report on Thursday.

“Great news! [Target] has removed Chrissy Teigen’s cookware line from their site after she tried to convince multiple women to kill themselves. This is a good start.”

Earlier this week, The Daily Wire reported on Teigen’s alleged behavior toward Stodden:

When Courtney Stodden was just 16 years old, Teigen sent the minor numerous nasty messages online that included a “fantasy” of Stodden taking a “dirt nap.”

Stodden, whose mother troublingly signed off on her then-teen daughter’s marriage to a 50-year-old actor, told The Daily Beast that Teigen even sent her death threats via direct message.

“[Teigen] wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself,” Stodden said. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’”

The DM’ed death threats have yet to be substantiated, but The Daily Beat posted screenshots of Teigen’s now-deleted nasty messages to the teen online. Here are some of the highlights:

“@CourtneyStodden My Friday fantasy: you. dirt nap. mmmmmm baby.”

Retweeing Stodden, Teigen posted: “Go. to sleep. forever.”

“@CourtneyStodden what drug makes you do that with your mouth? asking for a friend who really wants to look like an idiot. thanks.”

“@CourtneyStodden do you have a family.”

“@CourtneyStodden I hate you.”

Retweeing Stodden, Teigen posted: “Why do you speak like a Fabio book?”

Following the revelations, and an apology from Teigen acknowledging her behavior, more troubling messages from the model resurfaced.

According to The Mirror, Teigen targeted child actress Quvenzhané Wallis when she was just nine years old. Singers Mariah Carey and Avril Lavigne, actresses Lindsay Lohan and Tamera Mowry, and MTV’s “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham were also allegedly targeted by Teigen with vile messages, some related to suicide.

Related: ‘Sick’: Candace Owens Calls On Target To Drop Chrissy Teigen After Horrifying Messages Revealed

Related: Liberal Chrissy Teigen Sent Death Threats To Underage Girl On Twitter: Report

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Bret Baier Hammers Liz Cheney In Brutal Interview: More People Voted For Trump In Wyoming Than You

Fox News host Bret Baier grilled Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in a hard-hitting interview on Thursday evening after House Republicans overwhelmingly voted to oust her as the party’s Conference Chair over her obsession with focusing on former President Donald Trump vs. focusing on President Joe Biden.

During the interview, Cheney appeared to be even more resolute in her desire to go after Trump over focusing on Biden, a point that Baier brought up.

Cheney repeatedly said that those who were criticizing her were wrong or misinformed, and she looked to pick fights with Fox News during the interview.

Video and transcript of the interview are featured below:

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BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS HOST: I want to talk about the situation of on Capitol Hill, your political situation, your colleagues, concluded that you couldn’t be effective as the GOP conference chair, because of your eagerness to challenge former President Trump on his election claims. To be honest, do you agree with them? Could you have done that job considering what you were saying and doing?

REP. LIZ CHENEY (R-WY): You know, I think the question really is what kind of a party are we going to be going forward? And I think that it’s very important for us to be a party based on truth. I think it’s important for us to understand the threat that the claims the former President is making, the threat is ongoing. I think we know that the kinds of language we’ve heard from him has caused violence in the past. And there’s clearly an attempt to unravel the democracy, if you will, by focusing on challenging the legitimacy of the election, moving us away from abandoning the rule of law. And so I think that for us, as Republicans, we have a huge set of issues, we’ve got to be able to defeat the Democrats over and we’ve got a huge set of policies we’ve got to be able to implement, we have to get people to vote for us. And we can’t do that if we are a party that’s based on a foundation of lies. I think what our president’s doing is dangerous.

BAIER: But you and your colleagues for at least in part, were elected to block the Biden agenda, which Republicans believe is too far-left and could lead to other things. Aren’t they correct to claim that your focus on the election, and President Trump was somehow not going to get them to that goal?

CHENEY: No, I think that’s actually wrong, Bret. I think if you look at where we’ve been since the elections, since January 6, we’ve had a real focus on making sure people understand that the Biden policies are dangerous. If you look at the impact for the people of Wyoming, banning oil and gas leases on public lands is really dangerous. It’s really heartless. We’ve been very clear about that. What’s happening at the border is very dangerous. So the issue isn’t whether or not we stand against the Biden policies. The issue is, are we going to be a party that sits by silently while the former president continues to perpetuate lies about the election. And it is the case that there are too many people in the leadership of the Republican Party today who’ve been willing not only to sit by silently, but to help enable that, to help embolden those claims. And that’s dangerous.

BAIER: So, if you look at the numbers in Wyoming, 70% of Wyoming voted for President Trump, actually more people voted for President Trump than voted for you, a higher percentage voted for President Trump. Now you’re saying you’re dedicating your life to opposing him. So why, we’ll put up those numbers, why should Wyoming voters say reelect you when you’re spending so much energy opposing him? So little opposing Biden?

CHENEY: Well, you’re wrong.

BAIER: No, no. I mean these are the numbers.

CHENEY: No, I’m not disputing the numbers, but I’m disputing your characterization of what I’m doing. I think it’s really important for us to be as strong as possible in defeating the Biden policies. We cannot do that if we enable a lie. We cannot do that if we fail to learn the lessons from the 2020 election. And the people of Wyoming believe deeply in the Constitution, the people of Wyoming know that we must use the Constitution as our shield, that we must defend the Constitution. And so when you look at the challenge that the former president is presenting right now, still today, claiming that the election was stolen, claiming that our electoral process does not accurately reflect the will of the people, no remorse or regret for January 6, continuing to use the language that we know inspired violence in the past—

BAIER: And you’ve said that and … you should because you believe in principle, I get it.

CHENEY: –but I continue to say it though, but I continue to say it because–

BAIER: But for the people of Wyoming who are electing a congress person to fight for them and to fight against the Biden agenda, why wouldn’t they say, is this the person that’s going to get it done? And that’s what your colleagues are asking.

CHENEY: I’m going to I’m going to answer the question. We all have an obligation. And I would say Fox News, especially, especially Fox News, has a particular obligation to make sure people know the election wasn’t stolen.

BAIER: And we’ve said that numerous times.

CHENEY: Fox News, Fox News, Bret, I’m going to answer your question. Fox News needs to—

BAIER: No, but if you’re mentioning Fox News, you have to know that this show has said that numerous times.

CHENEY: make sure that the American people, they need to make sure that the American people. Bret, you’re doing the interview, I’m answering the questions, we need to make sure that the American people recognize and understand that the election wasn’t stolen, that we shouldn’t perpetuate the big lie and that there’s real danger. You know, I’ve worked in countries around the world where we don’t have peaceful transitions of power. And all of us who are elected officials have got to make sure that we obey and abide by the oath that we swore to the Constitution, and that the peaceful transition of power is key to that. Now, if you want to if you’re asking me about my constituents, my constituents believe firmly in the rule of law, they believe firmly in the Constitution, they know that we do not swear allegiance to any individual—

BAIER: Ok, let me ask you this—

CHENEY: And it’s crucially important—

BAIER: And you’ve made this point—

CHENEY: And I’m going to make another point, it’s crucially important if we want to be able to defeat the really bad Biden policies, we have to attract voters back to us. We have to attract the voters who left us by making clear that we know that the election wasn’t stolen and we are going to abide by the rule of law.

BAIER: Do you believe that America is better off with President Biden than President Trump?

CHENEY: I believe that President Trump’s policies, which I supported 93% of the time, were much better for America. Now, that isn’t the issue, though. The issue is whether or not we abide by the rule of law.

BAIER: Did you vote for Joe Biden?

CHENEY: I did not and I would not and I would not vote for a Democrat, ever. The issue is whether or not we are going to stand up for the rule of law and stand up for the Constitution, that is above partisanship. It’s above politics. I think that Americans across Wyoming and across the country know we have to be a party of truth. We’ve got to be a party that stands for substance, we have to be a party of Reagan that looks at a strong national defense, low taxes, limited government, you have to be about ideas, not about a cult of personality to one man who launched a violent attack on the Capitol and who continues to say the election was stolen.

BAIER: I’m going to read your tweet. Here it is, ‘Republicans deserve leadership that represents the views of their constituents, not their own personal vendettas, we need leaders in Congress to stand up for conservative Republican ideology. Liz Cheney is not that leader. So instead of training fire on the president, she really should have been training fire on Biden and that agenda, that’s what you want out of your leadership. And unfortunately, she didn’t rise to that challenge.’ You know who that tweet is? George P. Bush, the nephew of President Bush, who tweeted that out yesterday. That is a feeling as you know, and you’ve heard it from your colleagues. So how do you react to that?

CHENEY: Well, he’s misinformed. And I think that, you know, when you when you look at what we are facing as a nation, there is nothing that we need to do as Republicans that is more important than have a strong Republican Party that can attract back the voters that we lost in 2020. And that means that we have to be in a position where we are being clear, we stand for the rule of law.

BAIER: Yeah.

CHENEY: Bret, every time I say we stand for the rule of law, you say, yeah, yeah, you’ve said.

BAIER: No, no, no. But you have said the same thing exact thing numerous.

CHENEY: But it’s really important.

BAIER: And I understand that it’s important.

CHENEY: But it’s very important.

BAIER: Now, I’m asking just numerous questions. You said recently that you would be open to challenging former President Trump in 2024 if that’s what it took to keep him from winning again. Tomorrow morning, you’re talking to New Hampshire Today. So, are you running for president?

CHENEY: I am not, Bret. What I think is really important is that we make sure that the former president because we know what he’s capable of, because we know what he continues to do. And because we know how important it is for us to be able to advance Republican ideals, that we make sure that he never again, get anywhere near the Oval Office. I think that’s crucial. And I think it’s crucial that we begin to build the kind of coalition we need so that we can defeat Joe Biden, so that we can defeat Nancy Pelosi, so we can defeat Chuck Schumer. So the Republicans can actually take control again. But that requires getting back voters that we lost in 2020. And, frankly, that we lost in 2018 with Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

BAIER: So you mentioned Schumer and Pelosi, take a listen to this.

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CHUCK SCHUMER, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: Liz Cheney spoke truth to power, and now they’re firing her.

REP. HAKEEM JEFFRIES (D-NY): What would a patriot do? A patriot would do what Liz Cheney has done. And she’s paid a heavy price for it.

NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER: For her courage, for her patriotism. And I wish her well, perhaps this challenge will make her stronger.

[END VIDEO]

BAIER: Are you comfortable with all of these Democrats singing your praises? Day after day?

CHENEY: Bret, look, what we’re talking about, these issues of the Constitution and the rule of law should be above politics, it should be above partisanship, it should be above party. Every single one of us, everyone watching this show, everybody who works at Fox, everybody who’s elected to office, all of us have to love our country more. And that means that there are moments when you have to put politics aside, when you have to say I will not be part of unraveling the democracy, that is a fundamentally important thing, the most fundamentally important thing we do, obeying the rule of law, standing up for the Constitution. And I think that we would all be better off as a country, frankly, if more of us said, ‘we’re gonna stand by the Constitution, we’re going to defend the rule of law, let’s have a vigorous debate about substance and policy.’ Those are really important issues. And I disagree about just about everything with all of those people that you just showed, but those substantive policy debates need to be conducted in a way that is worthy of the people that have fought for our freedom, worthy of the people who have died for our freedom and that reflects who we are as a nation. We need to be proud of our ideals. And we need to know we have the better ideas and that’s how we beat the Democrats.

BAIER: Some Republicans share your concerns about former President Trump and his false claims about the election. They believe, though, it’s mistake, to challenge him directly. They think it’s much better privately, they’ll tell you to have him fade away somehow. Are they wrong?

CHENEY: They are. I think that the danger that the former president poses is too great for us to simply hope for the best. And I also think that it’s really incumbent upon those of us who are in positions to be able to talk to the American people, talk to the people of our states, talk to the people of our districts to tell the truth. You know, when when you talk about the extent to which the big lie has taken hold. Part of that is because people have just sort of said, well, we’re going to ignore it and we’re going to move on. But too many people are embracing the former president and enabling that lie. And that lie is toxic to our democracy.

BAIER: Last year, many in the media and in Washington, including you, amplified anonymous sources, stories, claiming that President Trump ignored intelligence that Russians were paying bounties to kill Americans in Afghanistan. We’ve since learned that that intelligence was pretty shoddy, poorly sourced, do you regret taking part in spreading that story?

CHENEY: No. I think actually, if you look at the details of the story, Bret, you’ll see that the intelligence community has made a recommendation about that intelligence. They’ve talked about having low confidence. I think if you go back and look at what I said, every single thing I said, I said, if those stories are true, we need to know why the President and the Vice President were not briefed on them. And made very clear that we were concerned, I remain concerned about the role of the Russian government in Afghanistan, the role of the Russians in terms of working against our interests around the world.

BAIER: Right, but you pointed to President Trump and my point is that you were GOP Conference Chair, and I’m just articulating what some of your colleagues have said, that they thought that that was a moment where they thought that your focus on the former president was more important to you, then articulating GOP agenda and what they wish to do.

CHENEY: Well, I think you really ought to go check your facts, Bret, because he was the sitting president at that time. And not the former president. And I think if you if you look at what I said, I said, and you can pull up that tweet, too. I said, if these reports are true, then the White House must explain why they did not brief the president or vice president. So you know, I remain concerned about the intelligence. I think you will see if you go back and look at the facts about what the intelligence community has said. They have not said those reports are not true. They said that they’ve got low confidence. And I think it’s an important thing to be concerned about. We really appreciate you coming on.

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‘The Choice Is Yours’: Biden Demands Americans Wear Masks Until Vaccinated

President Joe Biden tweeted from his official presidential account on Thursday that Americans who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine must continue to wear masks.

“The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do,” Biden said. “The choice is yours.”

Biden, who has drawn scrutiny for wearing a mask outdoors despite being vaccinated, was met with backlash for his ultimatum.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) responded by tweeting, “‘The choice is yours’ sounds an awful lot like a threat, Joe. You have no business issuing fear-based ultimatums to the American people. They have the freedom to choose whatever they please – vaccine or not.”

“Imagine if Donald Trump issued this kind of bulls*** ultimatum. The liberals would have lost their freakin minds (not that they have much up there to begin with, but still),” tweeted conservative pundit Tomi Lahren.

“[If] Trump had been pro-mask from the start & said this now, the woke crowd would be taking to the streets,” tweeted senior Mediate columnist John Ziegler. “This is clearly a move to help the mask cult accept this new edict by making them feel better knowing they can still feel morally superior to, & be allowed to shame, others.”

“lol cool story, dude,” wrote Michael Knowles of The Daily Wire.

Biden has faced questions regarding why he continues to wear a mask in the company of vaccinated people, even though he has also been vaccinated. As The Daily Wire reported:

White House Senior Advisor for Coronavirus Response Andy Slavitt on Thursday answered a question that has dogged the Biden administration lately, saying President Biden wears a mask indoors “because he’s a very important person.”

Slavitt was asked by CNN’s John Berman why Biden wore a face mask during an Oval Office meeting Wednesday with congressional leaders, all of whom are vaccinated against the coronavirus. In a White House video of the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can be seen wearing a face mask as well.

“Part of getting people vaccinated is to tell them that their lives will be different, changed, better, if they get the vaccine,” Berman remarked during Slavitt’s appearance on “New Day,” CNN’s morning program. “So why were they all wearing masks? And what message does that send?”

Berman responded that he thinks vaccinated people are “starting to get a little bit impatient” in wondering what they can do safely, such as taking masks off indoors.

“I think the CDC is getting there step by step,” he said. “So right now you can do pretty much everything outdoors without a mask, you can do everything indoors if you’re around vaccinated people without a mask.”

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‘Sick’: Candace Owens Calls On Target To Drop Chrissy Teigen After Horrifying Messages Revealed

Daily Wire host Candace Owens has called on Target to drop model and left-wing activist Chrissy Teigen’s cookware line from their stores after it was revealed this week that Teigen harassed, bullied, and allegedly sent private death threats to a then-16-year-old girl named Courtney Stodden.

Since the horrifying revelations, and an apology from Teigen acknowledging her brutal behavior, more troubling messages have resurfaced.

According to The Mirror, Teigen targeted child actress Quvenzhané Wallis when she was just nine years old. Singers Mariah Carey and Avril Lavigne, actresses Lindsay Lohan and Tamera Mowry, and MTV’s “Teen Mom” star Farrah Abraham were also allegedly targeted by Teigen with vile messages, some related to suicide.

“How does any corporation in the world sponsor or deal with a woman who tells TEENAGERS that she fantasizes about them being dead?” Owens posted to Instagram this week. “[Chrissy Teigen] told a 16 year old that they should commit suicide. How is she not beyond cancelled by now?”

“She is a deranged human being who should be wiped from the internet by Facebook/Twitter standards,” the Daily Wire host added.

Earlier this week, The Daily Wire reported on the messages concerning Stodden:

When Courtney Stodden was just 16 years old, Teigen sent the minor numerous nasty messages online that included a “fantasy” of Stodden taking a “dirt nap.”

Stodden, whose mother troublingly signed off on her then-teen daughter’s marriage to a 50-year-old actor, told The Daily Beast that Teigen even sent her death threats via direct message.

“[Teigen] wouldn’t just publicly tweet about wanting me to take ‘a dirt nap’ but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself,” Stodden said. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.’”

The DM’ed death threats have yet to be substantiated, but The Daily Beat posted screenshots of Teigen’s now-deleted nasty messages to the teen online. Here are some of the highlights:

“@CourtneyStodden My Friday fantasy: you. dirt nap. mmmmmm baby.”

Retweeing Stodden, Teigen posted: “Go. to sleep. forever.”

“@CourtneyStodden what drug makes you do that with your mouth? asking for a friend who really wants to look like an idiot. thanks.”

“@CourtneyStodden do you have a family.”

“@CourtneyStodden I hate you.”

Retweeing Stodden, Teigen posted: “Why do you speak like a Fabio book?”

Owens on Thursday reiterated her concerns about Teigen, whom she called a “sick, sick puppy.”

“Chrissy Teigen, a vile woman who Hollywood and the media who have been complicit in empowering — has a suicide fantasy for everyone,” Owens wrote, captioning old tweets from Teigen. “This trash human being has targeted young woman [sic] FOR YEARS who have done nothing to her other than exist.”

“Hollywood has paraded her around as John Legend’s ‘hilarious non-politically correct wife,’” Owens continued, adding:

Lindsay Lohan slit her wrists and Chrissy Teigen mocked her for it.

Courtney Stodden existed and Chrissy begged her to kill herself.

Sarah Palin is a conservative so Chrissy asked her to shoot herself in the face.

“Are suicide and self-harm hilarious to all of the brands that sponsor this abhorrent woman?” the conservative author questioned. “What about all of you celebrities who spent the last four years crying about Trump’s mean tweets? Where are you now?”

“[Target] — you routinely claim to be a store that is focused on social responsibility,” Owens closed her post. “Do the right thing, stand up for young woman [sic] and teenagers who are being mentally abused, and DROP [Chrissy Teigen].”

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Amazon Justifies Spending $465 Million On One Season Of ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series

Last month, controversy erupted online amid reports that Amazon would be spending upwards of $465 million on just one season of its much-anticipated “Lord of the Rings” series, putting it well on track to become the most expensive television show ever produced.

Speaking during an executive roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter this week, Amazon Studios Chief Jennifer Salke defended the obscene dollar amount by noting that other streaming giants are spending just as much on titles with an even smaller name recognition than Tolkien’s beloved fantasy epic, such as Netflix recently spending $469 million on two sequels for “Knives Out.”

“The market is crazy, as you saw with the Knives Out deal.” Salke said. “This is a full season of a huge world-building show. The number is a sexy headline or a crazy headline that’s fun to click on, but [the budget] is really building the infrastructure of what will sustain the whole series.”

Salke noted that numbers can instantly go sky-high when a bidding war erupts.

“But it is a crazy world and various people on this Zoom, mostly Bela and me, have been in bidding situations where it starts to go incredibly high,” she said. “There’s a lot of wooing and we have to make decisions on where we want to stretch and where we want to draw the line. As for how many people need to watch ‘Lord of the Rings?’ A lot. (Laughs.) A giant, global audience needs to show up to it as appointment television, and we are pretty confident that that will happen.”

All three of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies cost an estimated $280 million while “The Hobbit” prequels cost somewhere around $623 million, as noted by Indiewire, which means that Amazon will be spending half of what it cost for Peter Jackson to produce six theatrical releases over the course of a decade. In the case of Tolkien’s masterpiece, higher costs did not necessarily translate into better material, given that critics and audiences overwhelmingly favored the original trilogy. For perspective, not a single entry of “The Hobbit” series broke an 8.0 in the IMDB ratings and went no higher than 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Despite the large price tag, not all of it will be going to production, considering that the rights to Tolkien’s property alone cost an estimated $250 million to acquire. The show will reportedly center on the mythical Second-Age of Middle-earth during the time of the dark lord Sauron’s conquests prior to the One Ring falling into obscurity.

“This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness,” says the show’s official description. “Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”

Related: ‘The Largest Television Series Ever Made’: Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Season One To Cost $465 Million

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Billy Crystal: The Oscars Need A Host Again

In 2019, the Oscars upended its decades-long tradition of having a host when comedian Kevin Hart stepped down from the coveted gig over old jokes that offended members of LGBTQ community. Since then, the show has gone hostless and has suffered tremendously in the ratings as a result. Comedian Billy Crystal, who has hosted the show eight times in his career, says the tradition needs to come back.

Speaking with PEOPLE, Crystal said the host serves as the show’s center by being simultaneously a voice for the audience and voice for Hollywood.

“To me, a show needs a host, you need a center,” he said. “Let’s face it, after the first 40 minutes, four out of five people have lost. By the end of the night, the winners are all backstage and you’re dealing with disgruntled people who are disappointed. You want to make them feel good and the home audience to stay with the show.”

In 2020, when the Oscars decided to go hostless for a second time in a row, Crystal said that the Oscars without a host made the show boring overall.

“I always loved being out there. I loved the, I guess, the trust, you know, that the movie academy had in me to get out there, and I felt like it was a great honor to do it. And I think that when you have a show that’s as long as it is, things are going to happen,” he said. “And I think the problem with the no-host thing, perhaps, is that there’s not somebody out there to capitalize on that moment, like you do when the wrong best picture was nominated.”

Kevin Hart had been slated to host the 2019 Oscars, but stepped down within 48 hours of accepting the gig after the Academy demanded he apologize for his past jokes.

“I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on, and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” Hart said in a video on Instagram at the time. “I’m going to be me; I’m going to stand my ground.”

Hours later, Hart stepped down from his dream of hosting the Oscars and apologized to the LGBTQ community for his “insensitive words.”

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars … this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he wrote on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

Speaking with Men’s Health a year later, Hart expressed regret with how he handled the situation, saying he had acted immaturely.

“With the whole Oscars thing, there was a big gap between what I thought the problem was versus what the problem really was,” Hart told the magazine. “I got 10 years where I made sure not to joke or play in the way that I did back then because it was a problem. I don’t care if you’re gay or not gay. I’m a people person. I’m going to love you regardless. It wasn’t until close friends like Wanda Sykes, Lee Daniels, and Ellen talked to me and explained what they didn’t hear me say that I understood. Then I was like, ‘Oh, s*** — I did f*** up.’”

Related: Kevin Hart Caves, Apologizes Over Oscars Controversy: ‘I Did F*** Up’

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