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Jerry Seinfeld says Kevin Hart didn't have to step down as Oscars host

Comedians Jerry Seinfield, left, and Kevin Hart.

Comedians Jerry Seinfield, left, and Kevin Hart. Credit: Composite; Getty Images / Manny Carabel, left; Getty Images for Universal Pictures / Paras Griffin

Jerry Seinfeld says Kevin Hart need not have stepped down as Academy Awards host last week after past homophobic tweets and other remarks stirred criticism.

In an excerpt released Thursday from NBC's upcoming "Sunday Today with Willie Geist," the host says Hart "had to step away from the Oscars because of tweets from years ago," and asks what Seinfeld thinks of a "culture where you have to explain or apologize for everything you've ever done or said."

The Massapequa-raised comedy star, 64, responds, "Kevin is in a position, because he's a brilliant comedian, to kind of decide what he wants to do. He doesn't have to step down. But he can. And when you look at that situation, well, who got screwed in that deal? I think Kevin's going to be fine. But … find another Kevin Hart, that's not so easy. He's a brilliant guy with a movie career."

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