Kevin Hart Defends Oscars Response on Ellen

Night School star Kevin Hart is reportedly still being considered as the potential Oscars host next month, with bosses said to be leaving the door open if he wants the job after apologising for his past controversial tweets.

Ellen DeGeneres has come to the defense of comedian Kevin Hart, saying he should be able to host the Oscars in spite of recent backlash over tweets that resurfaced from years ago.

Describing hosting the Oscars as one of the biggest goals of his life, Hart tells Ellen in the clip that after just a day of celebration over being selected, he was "hit with an onslaught on social media of my past coming back up again". "Saying that you're no longer going to say homophobic things because we're too "sensitive" is not an apology". She says that the Academy told her they'd love to have Hart back and that the situation was "handled wrong".

Take a look at the interview below.

While the 91st Academy Awards is still set to air on February 24th without any announcement of a host, the world is still fixated on the public fallout between the Academy and the host that should have been. The funnyman said he was "upset" by people's harsh reactions to his past offensive tweets and angered that the Academy gave him an ultimatum.

Would Kevin Hart have made a great host for the Oscars? I believe in second chances.

"Once he demonstrates a greater awareness of why his comments hurt the LGBTQ community, we can start talking about forgiveness and the possibility of Hart hosting the Oscars again". I'm wrong. But I can't do nothing about that joke because it was done. But rather than acknowledge the comments as hurtful, Hart turned defensive and refused to apologize for something he said was in his past. "And I believe in Kevin Hart", DeGeneres wrote on Twitter Friday. "Whatever we can do, we want him to host", Ellen DeGeneres said she was told, reports Variety.

"It reminds me of when Kavanaugh got into the Surpreme Court and it was like, is he the only one you could possibly find in this country to do that job?" she asked. "But I don't believe in going backward".

Hart said the conversation made him reevaluate his position.

"That's an attack to end me", he said. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past", he tweeted. "So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else". "I'm not that guy", he said, explaining why he stepped down from his Oscars hosting gig. I hope we can meet again.

She noted that, as a lesbian, she had discussed his past homophobic material before the taped interview and said that she felt the Hart of those jokes had matured beyond them. "Please accept my apology'".

  • Kyle Peterson