Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash For Defending Kevin Hart As Oscars Host

Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash For Defending Kevin Hart As Oscars Host

Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash For Defending Kevin Hart As Oscars Host

DeGeneres said that she spoke to the Academy and that they were onboard and felt the situation was "mishandled".

Hart apologized if his remarks hurt people and said he "didn't have a homophobic bone" in his body.

Despite the comedian stepping away from hosting the Oscars next month, a new report from Variety indicates that the Academy would be willing to let Hart back if he wanted the gig.

"I understand why people would be upset which is why I made the choice to not use them anymore, because that was wrong", he said. DeGeneres said that while she is sensitive to homophobia, she also accepts his apology. Either I can move forward or I can't, but you can't grow as a person without mistakes. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren't necessarily big deals because we can.

"There is no ideal bone in my body".

"This was to destroy me", said Hart.

"This is a conversation I needed to have, I'm glad I had it here".

DeGeneres said: "I know you are not that guy because I know you". So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think.

DeGeneres encouraged Hart to ignore the "haters" and "trolls" on the internet, saying that after private conversations with Hart, she sees that, in the past, he did not understand "how unsafe those words are" but that he has grown.

The Academy didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "I know that I apologized". "We would be thrilled, and he should host the Oscars'". "It was the LGBTQI+ community because we're sick to s- of it", tweeted another user.

DeGeneres' interview with Hart is due to air on January 4, but snippets of the conversation were published by Variety. We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host.

"But they're gonna win if you don't host the Oscars", DeGeneres said.

DeGeneres urged the Get Hard actor to "not pay attention" to the "haters on the internet".

Hart doubled down on saying that those who dug up the tweets were attacking his character and trying to "end" him. "When you apologize for something, it's either your apology is accepted or it's not".

Hart refused to apologize for his past tweets on DeGeneres' show Thursday, claiming he already had.

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. Although he suggested that there was a possibility he'd reconsider hosting it again, he didn't have that same energy on a podcast he was on hours before.

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