Ellen DeGeneres Makes Pitch for Kevin Hart to Reconsider Hosting Oscars

Kevin Hart on Thursday

Kevin Hart on Thursday

BuzzFeed film reporter Adam Vary searched Hart's entire Twitter feed for gay slang and re-posted several of the comedian's past comments online December 5.

Kevin Hart was a guest on a recent episode of Ellen DeGeneres' "The Ellen Show" and he dished on all about his Oscar hosting controversy.

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

"If he comes out vociferously apologizing, then everybody deserves a second chance", she said. The comedian talked for almost six uninterrupted minutes about his shattered Oscar dreams and frustrations with being labeled a homophobe.

Kevin Hart was all set to be the next host of the Academy Awards.

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Hart had backed away two days after being named host last month when some homophobic tweets he had made a decade ago resurfaced.

A source told Variety that the message from Hart could come from a spokesperson or on social media, where he actively updates fans and followers mostly on Twitter and Instagram. When he received the ultimatum from the Academy to either apologize or step down as host, he said it was like a dark cloud had descended over everything. "I sincerely apologise to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past". DeGeneres said that while she is sensitive to homophobia, she also accepts his apology. Because I wanna be done with the conversation. "This was by far the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done".

He detailed the experience on Ellen. "Not even a full 24 hours to glow". He initially said he wouldn't apologize because he had addressed the issue several times.

"I know that I don't have a homophobic bone in my body". This isn't new. I've addressed it.

"I've taken ten years to put my apology to work". So I was going to leave it alone.

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"But for you to be the bigger man and to not pay attention - There are so many haters out there".

"LGBT people who love the Oscars were legitimately startled to see just how harsh his words were", Vary said.

"I have nothing but respect and admiration for their talent and who they are", Cannon explains.

- Ellie (@eleanorbate) January 4, 2019I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many wonderful talented artists. I'm a guy that understands now. I'm gonna ignore it because it was 10 years old. In the Ellen clip on Friday, Hart apologized for the tweets once again, though he said said he felt the dug up tweets were "a malicious attack on my character... an attack to end me". DeGeneres faces scrutiny for being too lenient with a friend and using her own status as a famous and powerful gay person to let his previous comments go.

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