Carson Kressley has responded to Kevin
Hart's decision to step down as host of this year's Oscars amid a
growing backlash over old tweets in which he used gay slurs.
Hart, who initially dismissed the
furor, said that he decided to pass on the job rather than apologize
to the LGBT community. (In a tweet, he later apologized for his
Hart withdraws as Oscar host after furor over homophobic tweets.)
The 49-year-old Kressley spoke with
LGBT blog NewNowNext before he hosted Cyndi Lauper's Home for the
Holidays concert. Money raised benefits Lauper's True Colors Fund,
which is working to end homelessness among LGBT youth.
“Don't mess with the gays,”
said. “It's unfortunate when that happens. It's not great for
anybody, but I'm sure they'll find someone magnificent and wonderful
and will do a killer job.”
“I'm a Jimmy Kimmel fan,” Kressley
answered when asked who should replace Hart. “I think he does a
Kressley, who appeared on Bravo's
makeover show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, currently
appears as a judge on VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race and has paired
up with Queer Eye alum Thom Filicia for Bravo's design show
Get a Room with Carson & Thom.
Kressley, Thom Filicia spread “gay magic” in new design show.)