Ellen DeGeneres catching heat after defending Kevin Hart in interview

Carla Harmon
January 4, 2019

Kevin Hart, who had stepped down as the host of the 91st Academy Awards 48 hours after the announcement was made in the wake of a controversy about reported homophobic comments he made in the past, is "evaluating his decision" after speaking to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show, reports Variety.

"Leaving here I promise you I'm evaluating this conversation", Hart told DeGeneres. "This was by far the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done". I would much rather say "I'm sorry" again and walk away.

Ellen, herself a two-time Oscar host, revealed during Friday's interview that she called the Academy to get their thoughts on Hart possibly returning as host.

During his "Ellen" appearance, Hart said he refused to apologize because he had done so in the past and did not want to feed people who were criticizing him online.

Hart opens up to DeGeneres about being hired to host the 2019 Oscars, which he describes as a dream come true, especially as he would have been only the fourth African-American to host the ceremony. "We are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you host the Oscars".

Now all of a sudden it's a little darker because the conversation isn't about me hosting the Oscars, the conversation is about Kevin Hart's tweets 10 years ago and homophobia.

"I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we're going to have to move on and find another host, '" Hart said in the December video. "So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else". "It wasn't a coincidence that the day after I received the job, tweets somehow manifested from 2008", Hart said. I look at life through a different lens, and because of that I live it a different way ... The Oscars (which don't now have a host) air February 24 on ABC.

"Once he demonstrates a greater awareness of why his comments hurt the LGBTQ community, we can start talking about forgiveness and the possibility of Hart hosting the Oscars again".

In one of the tweets, which was posted in the early 2000s, Hart wrote, "Yo if my son comes home & try's 2 play with my daughters doll house I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice "stop that's gay'".

Actor Harry Cook slammed DeGeneres for defending Hart.

"My first thought is, 'I'm going to ignore it". He does not get a pass because of time elapsed, closeness to a prominent LGBT figure, or alleged comedic abilities. I truly hope this year at the Oscars, should be considered the year of reinvention. But you can't grow as a person without mistakes.

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