Having stepped down from his Oscar hosting duties, following the controversy around his homophobic tweets, Kevin Hart sits down with Ellen to give his side of the story.
In which, he explains why when given the ultimatum from the academy he chose to step down. Audiences were perplexed when Hart refused to apologise to the LGBTQ+ community when the academy asked, but did so again later – making his apology look disingenuine.
But Hart informs that he decided to step-down because he didn’t want the topic of conversation to continue; not on a night which belonged to the hard-working nominees, and not in general either.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 4, 2019
He explains how his homophobic comedy was a tool used for laughs, but tells Ellen “I’m not that guy”.
It’s great to hear Hart’s side of things as without that, things have been misconstrued. Although, there was at least a part of Hart that almost undoubtedly homophobic, there’s no reason people can’t unlearn this.
Now knowing why Hart didn’t apologise initially, gives us a fuller picture and allows us to forgive him.
What do you know, Ellen does it again! The kindness queen is unstoppable. Will she reign successful in reinstating Hart as Oscars host?!
Well she called the Acad. and apparently they’re more than happy to have him return! According to Ellen:
“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”.
Hart said he would assess his decision to return.
“Leaving here, I promise you, I’m evaluating this conversation. This is a conversation I needed to have, I’m glad that I had it here, and I’m glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be”.
The show was supposed to air on Monday but will instead air today (Friday 4th).