Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Kevin Hart says he’s reconsidering decision to step down as Oscars host

Kevin Hart says he’s reconsidering decision to step down as Oscars host

In December 2018, soon after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Kevin Hart as the host of the upcoming season of the Oscars, several reported homophobic remarks tweeted by Kevin Hart in the past resurfaced on social media.

"As a gay person". Leaving here, I'm promising you I'm evaluating this conversation ... Hostin added. "When is a person allowed to become an ally?"

"I do not want to stand on that stage and make that night about me and my past, when you have got people who have worked hard to step on that stage for the first time and receive a reward". The Oscars still don't have a host, but Ellen DeGeneres, one of the most prominent gay celebrities out there today, hopes that Hart will re-consider. "I know you are not that guy because I know you", she said.

"There are so many haters out there, whatever is going on the internet don't pay attention to them, that's a small group of people being very, very loud".

The insider added: "A lot of people at the Academy scratching their heads because he did what they wanted him to do so really he didn't need to quit in that case".

"They were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host, '" DeGeneres recounted, explaining that they admitted the situation could possibly have been mishandled.

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Within hours of Hart's announcement as Oscars host, those familiar with his history of homophobic jokes and comments began surfacing tweets from his long-running Twitter account, asking Hart and the Academy to reckon with what message Hart as Oscars host sent to the LGBTQ community.

Now DeGeneres is facing some backlash of her own for standing by Hart.

Eventually, after some pushing from DeGeneres, the "Upside" actor says he will evaluate their conversation and will decide whether to step back on board as the Oscars host amid his tweet controversy.

"I felt like it was a conversation that was going to continue and continue and continue".

- Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 4, 2019I feel like if you're not homophobic anymore, you shouldn't mind apologizing for your past homophobia again and again and again. "This was by far the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done". "She will ask him, have him clear the air and we can all put this past us". "Not that I'm not gonna love my son or think about him any differently".

The celebrated daytime host is an advocate and member of the LGBT community -- and has hosted the Academy Awards herself twice. She can not forgive Hart for what he has said, because she was no affected by it in the same way.

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