Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

After 'Ellen Show' Controversy, Kevin Hart Won't Be Hosting the Oscars

After 'Ellen Show' Controversy, Kevin Hart Won't Be Hosting the Oscars

As the Oscars controversy over old anti-gay tweets from Kevin Hart intensifies, CNN's Don Lemon offered a stinging rebuff to the potential host's history of homophobia. People have pointed out that they haven't been able to find any of the apologies.

Kevin Hart probably expected his interview with Ellen DeGeneres, one of the most beloved lesbians in America, to clear him of any wrongdoing. I'm sorry.' But then they go, 'But you didn't say it right.

"I don't have a homophobic bone in my body", Hart said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right". I've already stated it's wrong.

"The fight is the will and want for equality". The fight is the will and want for equality. Some believe it's because such a high-profile gig means people will dig into your past to uncover any mishap or inappropriate or unaccepting thing you once said or did, and people don't want their lives inspected so closely. Are you scared of me? If you don't want to accept people for their change, then where are you trying to get to the equal part?' he added.

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In 2015, Hart talked to Rolling Stone about his homophobic jokes, saying, "I wouldn't tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now".

He has also made anti-gay comments in his standup in the past, including saying during a 2010 special that, "If I can prevent my son from being gay, I will". I think that in the times that we're living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change. But, due to the efforts of (former Oscar host) Ellen DeGeneres, who lobbied the Academy to reconsider Hart, it he will not reemerge as host of the 91st Academy Awards, according to Deadline.

An insider close to the production said Hart would have to approach them with "willingness to return". She says its reps instantly replied that they still wanted the funnyman to be the night's MC. Call me. Let's talk.

Deadline says Hart felt his hosting would become a distraction, a continuing controversial narrative that would take the spotlight off the people and movies being honored. Reportedly, the Academy Awards will move forward without a single host. "I apologize." He then went on to explain the jokes in question. Apparently, the Academy still wants Hart to host, telling DeGeneres that "maybe he misunderstood" and that they "would be thrilled" to have Hart back.

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