Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Kevin Hart Won't Return to Host the Oscars: 'I'm Done'

Kevin Hart Won't Return to Host the Oscars: 'I'm Done'

However, the comedian stepped down from hosting duties a few days after old homophobic tweets resurfaced online.

She made the comments on a recent episode of her talk show, which featured Hart as a guest. "I think the night will be about you, and it should be about you, and you should host the Oscars, and I'm going to talk you into it".

Hart said he has apologized for his past tweets before, and apologized again in the video clips that were shared.

On Twitter, Hart apologised to the LGBTQ community for what he called "my insensitive words from my past". "This was to damage the lives that have been invested in me".

DeGeneres was met with criticism on social media, with some commenters saying that Hart's homophobic jokes were a legitimate issue for discussion, and it wasn't a case of people maliciously trying to hurt him. "Because that was wrong".

Hart went on to say he's "tired of the conversation" over his tweets because he's not the same man he was when he tweeted the homophobic comments.

She told Hart she phoned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because she wants him to host the 91st Oscars.

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

For defending Kevin Hart and believing in giving him a second chance, DeGeneres was quickly attacked.

About the controversy, she said not to listen to the "haters", who she said were "a small group of people being very, very loud".

DeGeneres said on the show that she believes that it is important for Hart to host, so much so that she says she personally called the Academy to get him back on.

Kevin Hart used "gay" as a derogatory term on Twitter.

"As a gay person", she added, "I am as sensitive to all of that".

Whether or not The Upside actor will grace the Oscar stage remains unknown, but hopefully Hart realizes that the lesson in this moment can not be understated. "Please accept my apology'".

The US comedian and actor pulled out of hosting the awards in December, amid controversy over homophobic tweets he posted nearly a decade ago. "I am evolving and want to continue to do so".

As someone who's been watching the Oscars for a long time, I can attest that the best Oscars hosts go out of their way to make the ceremony not about them.

But DeGeneres said they will win if he doesn't host the Oscars. "Somehow I'll get to the stage but it's not going to be in this way because it just comes with such a weird cloud at this point".

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

DeGeneres, who came out as gay in 1997, defended Hart by saying, "As a gay person..."

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