Many have turned on Kevin Hart after he refused to apologize again for decade-old homophobic tweets (and the Cowboys and Indians birthday party he threw for kid) and quit as host of the 2019 Oscars. But Kevin does have one supporter who’s ready to fight for his right to emcee that still host-less snoozefest and that ally comes in the form of none other than Ellen DeGeneres.
Variety reports that on Friday’s episode of Ellen, Kevin, who initially came on to discuss his new film The Upside, opened up about how he felt when he received the call to host the Oscars and how it quickly fell apart after those tweets made the light of day again years after he already apologized for them.
“There’s a lot of goals that I have on my board, a vision board. And on that vision board is so many things I wanna do that I check off as they get done, and the Oscars was up there. Oscars was one of the highest of highs simply because there hasn’t been a lot of African American comedians that’ve been able to do it. I would have been the fourth. So, to get the moment, celebrate the moment. Oh My God, I can’t believe it’s happening. And then the next morning, after a day full of Congratulations and celebrations I’m hit with an (onslaught) on social of my past coming back up again. Literally the next morning.”
This should serve as a very good lesson that the things we say and do on the internet remain forever. And I know, because there’s a video of me performing a very lazy version of Ciara’s ‘Promise‘ in my junky room from 2007 floating around somewhere (and don’t go looking for that shit either).
Kevin said that he’s apologized and admitted that those tweets were wrong and felt that stepping down from the hosting gig was the right thing to do because he didn’t want to take any attention away from the nominees. That’s when Ellen, who looked like she was minutes away from putting her hand up to his mouth and saying “I’mma let you finish” the entire time he was speaking, finally had a chance to add her two cents.
“What we’re going to get to see on stage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity and you growing as a person,” she said. “Because most people would say, ‘I’m walking away … ’ For you to be the bigger man, for you to say I understand …and to not pay attention. There are so many haters out there. Whatever is going on in the internet, don’t pay attention to them. That’s a small group of people being very, very loud. We are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you host the Oscars.”
Kevin was receptive to her words, yet countered with #facts stating that whoever unearthed those tweets, which were mixed into over 35,000, did so with the sole purpose of damaging his character.
“It’s bigger than just The Oscars. It’s about the individuals that are out there now that are finding success in damage. They’re finding success in damaging your quote-unquote celebrity.”
Ellen told Kevin that he should still host the Oscars despite what everyone else thinks. As for what everyone else thinks, they made their opinions be known and dragged Ellen for giving a platform to someone who has sharted out gay-hating words. She kind of responded with this:
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 4, 2019
Kevin seems to think that the Oscars will take him back, and they haven’t said anything about this. But Kevin also told Variety that it’s done and he’ll never ever host the Oscars. But I bet that “never” will become a “fuck yes” if the Oscar people decide to milk this controversy some more for ratings and add a couple more zeroes to Kevin’s check, and also promise to make the Oscar statues smaller so they’re not the same size as him.