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Ellen DeGeneres wants Kevin Hart to host Oscars despite homophobic comments

Ellen DeGeneres wants Kevin Hart to host Oscars despite homophobic comments

DeGeneres, whose groundbreaking decision to come out as gay in 1997 helped pave the way for LGBTQ visibility, taped an hour-long interview with Hart for her daytime talk show.

DeGeneres said she felt assured that Hart had matured as a person since positing the tweets 10 years ago. "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".

Hart appeared on the Ellen Show to promote his new movie The Upside.

Hart also took the opportunity to apologize again for his previous statements, saying, "I stepped down because I'm not going to allow this to tarnish an awesome night for the other actors and actresses that are going to be on stage that night". "This was to damage the lives that have been invested in me".

Nothing is official yet, but many trade publications like Variety are saying there *is* a chance Hart could become the Oscars host after all, even with the outcry. "Because that was wrong". "I passed on the apology", said Hart in an Instagram video.

DeGeneres' insistence that it is Hart's "right" to host the Oscars was so offensive that many detractors registered their disdain on social media.

Later, she tweeted, "I believe in forgiveness".

The interview clips proved divisive on Twitter, with some feeling that DeGeneres was giving Hart a pass for his homophobic comments.

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The comedian gave up the gig after the academy asked him to apologize, but later had a change of heart and apologized to anyone who was offended by his statements. "I want to be done with this conversation". "I thought it was an fantastic thing and how important it was and how it was a dream", DeGeneres said. I'm sorry that I hurt people ... "I'm not that guy". Later, coming back from commercial break, she introduced her guest as "this year's Oscars host, Kevin Hart".

Hart did not say whether he would host the Oscars or not, but he told Ellen that he was evaluating the situation.

Meghan McCain, however, thought Hart needed to do a little more before all is forgiven.

Hart also acknowledged that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body in charge of the Oscars, had given him an "ultimatum" to make a public apology in the wake of the outcry.

- Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) January 4, 2019Ellen's show is basically the embodiment of respectability politics, so using it as a platform to absolve Kevin Hart on our behalf sounds pretty much on brand.

In Ellen's eyes, Hart is the victim of the tale for having had his homophobic tweets exposed.

The 91st Academy Awards will air live from Los Angeles on February 24.at 8 p.m. ET.


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