Kevin Hart won't be hosting the Oscars this year, but he will be hosting a series of Chase commercials. The actor and comedian is partnering with the bank on a series of events, workshops and video spots to promote financial fitness and the Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card. It's a multi-year deal.
"He's really passionate about the mission of how to help people make the most of their money, how to help people become financially healthy," says Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer at Chase. She noted that Hart's interest in physical fitness is an asset for events like the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge annual race, which is expanding.
Hart had been scheduled to host the 91st Academy Awards next month, but stepped down after homophobic tweets from several years ago surfaced. In early January, the debacle continued when Ellen DeGeneres asked Hart to reconsider hosting, following his apologies. But the Oscars are currently slated to air without a host, according to Variety.