Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Kevin Hart evaluating Oscar host decision

Kevin Hart evaluating Oscar host decision

Last month, Hart stepped away from hosting the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony after being accused of homophobia over years-old comments for which he had already publicly apologized. "But I don't believe in going backwards".

"If he comes out vociferously apologizing, then everybody deserves a second chance", she said. "And I believe in @KevinHart4real".

Hart, 39, initially rejected the Academy's demand he apologise, arguing he said sorry when the offending tweets first emerged. "I called them. I said, 'Kevin's on". I think they were secretly hoping that you'd come back. Whatever we can do.

But DeGeneres, in a taped interview with Hart on The Ellen Show airing Friday, urged him to go back, saying he's apologized for his remarks and grown from the experience. "Don't pay attention to them", DeGeneres said.

- 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.


DeGeneres said she made a decision to call the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences herself and spoke to them about having him back. He added that he does not have "a homophobic bone" in his body and has apologized for ten years for his bad gay jokes.

"I felt like it was a conversation that was going to continue and continue and continue". DeGeneres is not a member of the Black LGBTQ community.

The Academy on Friday did not return a request for comment. The awards show is set to air February 24 on ABC.

He maintained that tone Thursday when Ellen DeGeneres informed him that she'd been working behind the scenes to get him onstage as host.

While Hart told DeGeneres he'd reconsider taking the hosting job should it be offered to him, Cannon says he and Hart "haven't really spoken about it". This wasn't an accident.


Others have expressed a similar sentiment on social media. "To go through 40,000 tweets to get back to 2008?" Some of his now-deleted homophobic tweets were posted in 2011, according to BuzzFeed News.

Another tweet reads, "why does (Damien Dante Wayans's) profile pic look like a gay bill board for AIDS". You never want to hurt anyone's feelings, but you're not going to be forced or told to do something just for occupation or for money". "But me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will", Hart said in the routine.

In the article, titled The Problem With Ellen DeGeneres' Kevin Hart Interview, Anderson said that the interview with Hart should have instead been conducted by a queer person of colour, such as Robin Roberts or Don Lemon.

"You have said a lot of incredible things", he told DeGeneres. "So why set yourself up for failure?" While the comedian has been relatively silent since the incident, he's now ready to sit down with Ellen DeGeneres to discuss his past transgressions.

But DeGeneres repeatedly encouraged him "to take a stand against the trolls" who would win if he didn't host the ceremony, saying that he was too talented and that it was his right to host.


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