Ellen DeGeneres Faces Angry Twitter Backlash After On-Air Conversation With Kevin Hart

Ellen DeGeneres Faces Angry Twitter Backlash After On-Air Conversation With Kevin Hart

Ellen DeGeneres Faces Angry Twitter Backlash After On-Air Conversation With Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart stepped down last month from hosting after tweets from 2009-2011 resurfaced with derogatory language referring to gay people and disparaging comments about sexuality.

"What we're going to get to see on stage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity and you growing as a person", Ellen told Hart on Friday's show. "I have no idea if he wants to come back and host but what are your thoughts?'" DeGeneres said.

Hart appeared on the Ellen Show to promote his new movie The Upside. "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past". "I know he doesn't need to, and that's one of the reasons I commended the stance he took". I look at life through a different lens, and because of that I live it a different way. "This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many unbelievable talented artists. Because that was wrong".

In one of the clips, DeGeneres told Hart that she called The Academy "because I really want you to host the Oscars".

Ellen DeGeneres wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars.

DeGeneres also tweeted: "I believe in forgiveness".

"If he comes out vociferously apologizing, then everybody deserves a second chance", she said. "What was once the brightest star and brightest light ever, just got real dark", Hart told DeGeneres in the tell-all episode.


Hart's non-apology tour could be a signal that the Academy is planning on offering the hosting gig to him again.

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, Hart was candid about what it had meant for him to be selected to host the Oscars and the nearly instantaneous "malicious attack" that followed the announcement.

BuzzFeed film reporter Adam Vary searched Hart's entire Twitter feed for gay slang and re-posted several of the comedian's past comments online December 5. DeGeneres said that while she is sensitive to homophobia, she also accepts his apology. The comedian refused to apologize for the comments, saying that he had previously addressed the controversial tweets. "I don't want you to have to wait, so now it's gonna air tomorrow".

As someone who's been watching the Oscars for a long time, I can attest that the best Oscars hosts go out of their way to make the ceremony not about them. I've yet to go back to that version of the immature comedian I once was. I've moved on. I'm a grown man. "You've done it. Don't let those people win - host the Oscars", she concluded in her show.

The Oscars are due to be held on February 24, and a replacement host has not yet been named.

In his historic tweets, Hart called gay people "fags", as well as using the term "gay" in a derogatory way, and mocked lesbians.

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