Ellen Degeneres Defends Kevin Hart and Wants Him to Host 2019 Oscars
She went on to share that she called the Academy.
Ellen DeGeneres has released an interview in which she championed Kevin Hart and defended his potential host role for the 2019 Oscars. You may remember when late last year, Hart stepped down as the host of the ceremony following the resurgence of past homophobic tweets.
In the candid clip, Hart shares that he is “evaluating” reprising his role as the 2019 Oscars host after DeGeneres called the Academy and spoke in support of him.
In the clip she shared:
“I called them, I said, ‘Kevin’s on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?’ And they were like, ‘Oh my God, we want him to host! We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong. Maybe we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled. And he should host the Oscars.’”
Later in the video she continued to speak about her support of Hart and said she felt that the social media campaign against him was malicious. She also broke down that he should rethink his choice on stepping down as a host of the ceremony. DeGeneres shared:
“As a gay person, I am sensitive to all of that. You’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day.”
After the above aired many fans and personalities took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the interview. Actor Harry Cook tweeted: “The only thing @KevinHart4real proved by going on Ellen was that he is a terrible actor with zero genuine remorse who didn’t have the decency to address his ignorance.”
Watch the clip in full above. Below, take a look at the social media reactions to the show. Stay tuned here as news emerges.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 4, 2019
The only thing @KevinHart4real proved by going on Ellen was that he is a terrible actor with zero genuine remorse who didn’t have the decency to address his ignorance. No, they weren’t “haters” who came after you. It was the LGBTQI+ community because we’re sick to shit of it.
— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) January 4, 2019
I feel like if you’re not homophobic anymore, you shouldn’t mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again. I don’t want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn’t hear your meager apology the first time.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 4, 2019
(1) First, the people who brought up Kevin Hart’s past tweets — like me — were not, as Ellen characterized, “haters.” The host of the Oscars had made anti-gay jokes, and LGBT people who love the Oscars were legitimately startled to see just how harsh his words were. It wasn’t a…
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) January 4, 2019
Why didn’t you bring Black gay men, the ones who the comments were about, on the show? How do you, a white woman (@TheEllenShow), decide who gets to receive an apology where you were never the target of the comments? Y’all have got to start using privilege correctly. https://t.co/Ssr1aUNXJP
— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) January 4, 2019