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Ellen De Generes faces backlash for 'defending' Kevin Hart following homophobia furore

Kevin Hart ‘Evaluating’ Oscars Hosting Decision Kevin Hart “evaluating” decision to step down as Oscars host following homophobic tweets controversy
Lora Ball | 04 January, 2019, 22:58

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

Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting last month after tweets from 2009-2011 resurfaced with derogatory language referring to gay people and disparaging comments about sexuality.

"I had an incredible and honest conversation with [Kevin Hart] about hosting the #Oscars".

"I have no problem with her interviewing him provided it is a real interview", someone wrote. "You've done it. Don't let those people win - host the Oscars".

In the aftermath of the conversation, in which Hart revisited tweets posted on his account in the past and stressed his repeated attempts to apologise for them, Hart said that he was "evaluating" his decision to step down as host. Cultured. I'm a guy that understands now, I look at life through a different lens and because of that I live it a different way.

"And you can't let them destroy you ...", DeGeneres said. "Don't pay attention to them", DeGeneres said.

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"This whole ellen/kevin hart thing is a flawless example of how privilege and constant praise distorts a person's reality so much that they perceive any criticism, however valid, to be an attack on their entire livelihood", added another. "We want him to host.whatever we can do, we would be thrilled, and he should host the Oscars", she said, the Washington Examiner reported.

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. And I think he should be allowed... And two, maybe Ellen will give Hart a new way of looking at the backlash. "That's a malicious attack on my character", he said. I don't want to hear a hostile retelling of how we didn't hear your meager apology the first time.

He previously apologized for the tweets, and did so again in December.

Louis Virtel, a cohost of the Crooked Media podcast Keep It, kept the focus on Hart, tweeting, "I feel like if you're not homophobic anymore, you shouldn't mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again". "Not that I'm not gonna love my son or think about him any differently".

"The 39-year-old comedian added: "[It is] the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done. When he received the ultimatum from the Academy to either apologize or step down as host, he said it was like a dark cloud had descended over everything.

Many said that Hart and Trump weren't comparable, considering that one is a stand-up comic and the other is the leader of the free world.

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