Ellen DeGeneres urges Kevin Hart to host Oscars, after controversy over homophobic comments
Comedian Kevin Hart says he will reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Academy Awards.
- Hart stepped down as Oscars host in December, apologising to the LGBTQ community for his “insensitive” jokes
- The comedian said he’d already addressed the comments and considered the controversy an attack
- DeGeneres urged the comedian to reconsider the decision on her show, saying he had “grown” since making the comments
But Ellen DeGeneres urged him to host the show during an interview that aired on her talk show in the US on Friday.
“You have grown,” DeGeneres told him. “You have apologised. You’re apologising again right now. You’ve done it. Don’t let these people win. Host the Oscars.”
After one commercial break she added: “We’re back with this year’s Oscars host, Kevin Hart”.
Tweet from Ellen DeGeneres” I had an incredible and honest conversation with @KevinHart4real about hosting the #Oscars. It was supposed to air on Monday. I don’t want you to have to wait, so now it’s gonna air tomorrow.
Hart told DeGeneres he would think about it.
The Oscars are due to be held on February 24, and a replacement host has not yet been named.
LGBTQ watchdog organisation GLAAD reiterated its position that Hart not step down as host but instead use the platform to “send an unequivocal message of acceptance to LGBTQ youth”.
DeGeneres said she called the Academy this week to urge that Hart be brought back, and was told that officials would be “thrilled” if he did.
An Academy representative did not immediately return messages for comment.
Hart wrote homophobic remarks on Twitter mostly between 2009 to 2011.
“Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”
It was later deleted. He also made anti-gay comments in his stand-up routine Seriously Funny in 2010:
“One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear. Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic … Be happy. Do what you want to do. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”
Hart initially said he would not apologise but later said: “I’m sorry that I hurt people. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart.”