Ellen DeGeneres calls Academy, advocates for Kevin Hart to host the Oscars

Deanna Kelley
January 5, 2019

"Would I ever do it?"

Comedian Kevin Hart says he is evaluating his decision to turn down the offer of hosting this year's Oscars. "It wasn't a coincidence that the day after I received the job that tweets just somehow manifested from 2008", he said.

"I believe in forgiveness".

The Academy has since been scrambling to find a solution following the Hart fiasco. "I know that I've apologized", Hart said. "I had an incredible and honest conversation with @KevinHart4real about hosting the #Oscars", she tweeted.

The Academy has not named a replacement host for its February 24 awards show.

In a Friday rant, Schneider, 55, defended his peers, tweeting "comics are the ones who are supposed to say the disgusting things we all think but don't". I'm a guy that understands now. "I don't want to step on that stage and make that night about me and my past". So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think. During the interview, Hart revealed on Instagram that he indulged in a "raw and honest" conversation about his Oscar controversy. "The manipulation of headlines is what was awesome when this whole thing hit".

Ellen also added, "You have grown, you have apologized, you are apologizing again right now". This is stuff I've addressed.

Soon after, the Academy wanted Hart to apologize or step away from the Oscars, and he chose the latter. Fans, however, haven't been able to locate an apology.

He announced last month he was stepping down from the position and issued an apology to the LGBTQ community for his "insensitive words" from the past. You don't know what perfection is unless you've experienced imperfection. "But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will", Hart said in the routine. I can't do nothing about the tweets because they're out there.

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"When it happened, my first thought was I'm gonna ignore it".

He added: "Either my apology is accepted or it isn't".

Rob Schneider is standing by Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart.

"Comedians are some of the biggest risk-takers", Hart said. I'm the first person to say it. It's our job to put humor in the world.

DeGeneres also took to Twitter to back the comedian. I was kind of like, who's been in a similar situation and how was this handled? The old messages came to light once the 39-year-old was picked to host the next Oscar Awards.

Louis Staples, an LGBT+ journalist, meanwhile, wrote in an article for The Independent that it was "disappointing" to see DeGeneres engaging in Hart's "victim narrative".

"I stepped down because I'm not going to allow this to tarnish an wonderful night for the other actors and actresses that are going to be on stage that night", Hart admitted.

"Has Kevin Hart made any meaningful effort to reach out to the LGTBQ community and listen to their perspective on why his past comments are so offensive and damaging?"

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