Kevin Hart Discusses Oscars And Homophobic Tweets On 'Ellen'

Kevin Hart Discusses Oscars And Homophobic Tweets On 'Ellen'

Kevin Hart Discusses Oscars And Homophobic Tweets On 'Ellen'

Just days later, his homophobic tweets from 2009-2011 resurfaced on social media, and the Oscars asked Hart to apologize for his comments or step down.

Prodded by Ellen DeGeneres, comic Kevin Hart says he'll reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Oscars.

In a tweet announcing his decision to walk away from the job, Hart said: " I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many fantastic talented artists. "I think the night will be about you, and it should be about you, and you should host the Oscars, and I'm going to talk you into it".

"To see a friend reach a moment like that, to be able to share it with him and then two days later the entire energy is shifted, it hit him pretty hard", says Cannon, who's now hosting the hit new Fox series The Masked Singer.

Members of the LGBTQ community publicly characterized DeGeneres' endorsement of Hart on Thursday as a "betrayal", while others scolded her for seemingly belittling journalists and other knowledgeable critics for researching the incoming host's background. I know that I've taken the ten years to put my apology to work.

"This is to damage the lives that have been invested in me", he asserted.

Hart still had his reservations about returning, explaining, "It's tough for me because it was an attack. Because that was wrong".

"I think she's speaking for herself and a lot of times when you speak and you're a latino, you're this, you're that, people get mad because they think you're representing", guest Ana Navarro said this morning. "Whatever is going on on the internet, don't pay attention to them, that's a small group of people being very loud, we are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you host the Oscars".

DeGeneres also tweeted: "I believe in forgiveness".

McCain closed the conversation by saying that she's "not against" Hart still hosting, but hopes that if he does, he "comes out and says, 'Learn from your mistakes, grow.'" She added, "if he comes out vociferously apologizing then everybody deserves a second chance".

The unconfirmed reports follow the controversy that ignited after the Academy announced in early December that Hart would serve as host for the 2019 show, set to air on February 27.

In one of his previous tweets, Hart had described an actor's picture as a "gay billboard for AIDS". Not "I'm sorry people are so sensitive". The headlines are, "Kevin Hart refuses to apologize for homophobic tweets from the past.' The word 'again" was left out.

Hart described having to address the tweets at press events over the years, including as recently as 2015 while promoting the film Get Hard with Will Ferrell.

Hart did not say whether he would host the Oscars or not, but he told Ellen that he was evaluating the situation. I've moved on. I'm a grown man.

As of now, the Academy has not selected a replacement host.

"I was given an ultimatum: 'Kevin apologize, or we'll have to find another host.' When I was given that ultimatum, this was now becoming a cloud". I don't want to have this conversation anymore because I know who I am. This is what I want people to understand: "That's an attack to end me".

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