Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Ellen DeGeneres Wants Kevin Hart to Host the Oscars Still

Ellen DeGeneres Wants Kevin Hart to Host the Oscars Still

He added that he does not have "a homophobic bone" in his body and has apologized for ten years for his bad gay jokes.

DeGeneres meanwhile revealed in the interview that she's actively campaigning to have Hart reinstated as host. It is airing in the USA on Friday on NBC at 15:00 GMT. She says that the Academy told her they'd love to have Hart back and that the situation was "handled wrong".

"Leaving here, I promise you I'm evaluating this conversation".

The comedian, who stepped down as host of the 2019 Academy Awards in December after old homophobic tweets of his resurfaced, recently sat down with Ellen DeGeneres, who passionately defended him and said he should still host the show, Variety reports.

DeGeneres, who was identified as the most admired LGBT+ person in the U.S. in a Gallup poll released last month, also tweeted: "I believe in forgiveness". I'm sorry. But either my apology is accepted or it isn't. Either I can move forward as a person or I can't. Don't let those people win.

In the skit, he says: "Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic". I said, 'Kevin's on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?' And they were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host. This is a conversation I needed to have.

He added that he had apologised at the time, 10 years ago, for the tweets.

"What we're going to get to see onstage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity, and you growing as a person", DeGeneres said. While I don't think Hart's enthusiasm for making a dream of his come true is misplaced, I do think it's a bit folly to go into the Oscars thinking everyone's going to be looking to the host. "The black community has been so targeted by bias and racism and prejudice for so long, you would think he would be an ally to the LGBTQ community".

The Academy didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. He initially said he wouldn't apologize because he had addressed the issue several times.

Eight minutes later, Morgan tweeted a follow-up post, saying: "Don't get me wrong, I absolutely believe @KevinHart4real should host the Oscars-everyone should be allowed to evolve their views, and he clearly has".

"The academy is saying, 'What can we do to make this happen?'", she said. "That's not an attack to just stop the Oscars". He called out the media and others for how they treated Hart compared to the likes of Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, calling it a "double standard". You have grown, you have apologized, you are apologizing again right now.

When the Jumanji 2 star was announced as the host for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, the news brought fierce backlash from LGBT fans and allies.

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