Ellen DeGeneres faces backlash for 'defending' Kevin Hart following homophobia furore

Sheila Mcguire
January 5, 2019

The 39-year-old comedian opened up about stepping down from hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets of his were brought to light again - and people called for him to apologize and no longer host the show. In this case I just said I wanted to walk away because it was a conversation that was just going to continue and continue and continue. "Let me assess, just sit in the space and really think, and you and i will talk before anything else". But rather than acknowledge the comments as hurtful, Hart turned defensive and refused to apologize for something he said was in his past.

He went on, "I've taken 10 years to put that apology to work ..."

Last December, Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars over old jokes that were offensive to the LGBT community, a lot of them revolving around his fear about his son becoming gay. "Because that was wrong". At first, it was reported that Mr. Hart would helm this year's Oscars ceremony, however, due to unearthed tweets in which he made LGBT-jokes, including one revolving around a hypothetical son, the Academy said Kevin would have to apologize or otherwise step down.

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"I believe in forgiveness".

Hart told DeGeneres he would think about it.

DeGeneres, who is openly gay and hosted the Oscars in 2007 and 2014, said the Academy, which organizes the ceremony, had responded that they would be "thrilled" to have him host the February 24 awards. He has also made anti-gay comments in his standup act in the past.

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The host told Hart not to listen to the "haters out there". DeGeneres said that while she is sensitive to homophobia, she also accepts his apology. It's not being educated on the subject. you have grown, you have apologized again right now. She can not forgive Hart for what he has said, because she was no affected by it in the same way.

He added that he doesn't have a homophobic bone in his body, before Ellen continued to encourage him to resume his duties as the Oscars' host. So I was going to leave it alone. "I don't want you to have to wait, so now it's gonna air tomorrow".

Degeneres, who is one of the most notable public figures within LGBTQ community, appeared to be content with Hart's interpretation of the events, and publicly took to social media to give the actor her endorsement. Either I can move forward or I can't, but you can't grow as a person without mistakes. This is what I want people to understand: "That's an attack to end me". My favorite ceremonies in recent memory were the ones hosted by Hugh Jackman and Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin because they celebrated the art of moviemaking in grand fashion.

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