Ellen DeGeneres Makes Pitch for Kevin Hart to Reconsider Hosting Oscars

Carla Harmon
January 5, 2019

Ellen, who has hosted the Oscars ceremony twice (in 2007 and then in 2014), also told Kevin Hart that she spoke to the Academy to re-hire him for the host's job, which is still vacant.

The US comedian and actor pulled out of hosting the awards in December, amid controversy over homophobic tweets he posted nearly a decade ago.

Hart's hosting opinions in the magazine are vastly different from those he expressed on Friday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the host told Hart that she'd still like to see him helm the show. It is airing in the United States on Friday on NBC at 15:00 GMT.

While Hart clearly appreciated the support from his pal Ellen, there are plenty who were less than pleased, seeing her actions as something of a betrayal to the LGBTQ community.

Kevin Hart's appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Friday was the topic of the day on "The View", where the cohosts debated whether it was all enough to get him back as host of the Oscars and whether DeGeneres was "betraying the gay community" by defending him. "I understand why people would be upset which is why I made the choice to not use them anymore".

"I personally thought his apology after ... all this broke was sort of a non-apology apology", Huntsman said. "What you do when you move forward is become better". "You've already expressed that it's not being educated on the subject, not realising how risky those words are, not realising how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day", says DeGeneres.

"There is no ideal bone in my body". "This was by far the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done".

In the clips, Hart said he recognized that his comments on Twitter were risky and said he had apologized and grown in the 10 years since he made them.

"When I go on that stage, it will be because I've somehow figured out a way to win the Oscar", Hart said. This is stuff I've addressed, I've talked about this.

DeGeneres also tweeted: "I believe in forgiveness".

There has been no official comment from the Academy. "I know that I apologized". The comedian explains how he has apologized in the past for the same exact incident, and shares the reason for leaving the host gig is because he doesn't want the cloud of hate to distract the audience from the prestigious Oscars night. "But this? This ain't it", a social media user tweeted.

DeGeneres, revealed that she called the Academy on Thursday because she wanted Hart to host. If the Academy went that route, the show might come in at under three-and-a-half hours - and that's an idea we can all get behind. Whatever is going on in the internet, don't pay attention to them.

Hart doubled down on saying that those who dug up the tweets were attacking his character and trying to "end" him. "It's bigger than just the Oscars". The popular talk show host got raked over the coals for even deigning to forgive Kevin Hart, let alone promoting him onstage in front of millions. You have grown, you have apologized...

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