The Ellen Show host, one of the first openly lesbian Hollywood stars, announced her support for Hart after a candid interview on her talk show in which he apologized again for the remarks. While I don't think Hart's enthusiasm for making a dream of his come true is misplaced, I do think it's a bit folly to go into the Oscars thinking everyone's going to be looking to the host.
Though DeGeneres has been a beloved gay icon for years, her fans in and out of the LGBTQ community were extremely disappointed with her response to Hart's homophobic drama. "I know he doesn't need to, and that's one of the reasons I commended the stance he took. I looked at life through a different lens, and because of that, I live it a different way". "Because that was wrong".
During today's episode of Ellen, the talk show host encouraged Hart to reconsider his position. "You've done it." She proceeded to call Hart's critics "haters" who will "win" if he doesn't host the Oscars.
Later, she tweeted, "I believe in forgiveness. And I believe in Kevin Hart".
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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. He has also made anti-gay comments in his standup in the past. "This was by far the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done".
The host told Hart not to listen to the "haters out there". I'm sorry. But either my apology is accepted or it isn't. The comedian refused to apologize for the comments, saying that he had previously addressed the controversial tweets. Twitter users didn't have to comb through "40,000 tweets" worth of content to find Hart's homophobic jokes as Hart insists. Either I can move forward or I can't, but you can't grow as a person without mistakes. So I called them and said 'Kevin's on. I don't want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn't hear your meager apology the first time. "I am evolving and want to continue to do so".
Later in the clip, Hart says that he's "evaluating this conversation", neither confirming nor denying that he would be interested in returning as Oscars host. The comedian gave up the gig after the academy asked him to apologize, but later had a change of heart and apologized to anyone who was offended by his statements.