Ellen DeGeneres Facing Backlash For Saying Kevin Hart Should Still Host Oscars
Ellen DeGeneres has faced backlash after conducting an interview with comedian Kevin Hart.
Hart was announced as this year's Academy Awards host last month -- but stepped down from the role following the controversy surrounding past homophobic tweets he had written.
The comedian opened up about his decision to step away from the Oscars gig in the interview -- asserting that he had previously addressed the offensive tweets and "doesn't have a homophobic bone in his body".
"I know that I've addressed it. I know that I've apologised. I know that within my apologies I've taken 10 years to put my apology to work," Hart said. "I've yet to go back to that version of the immature version of the comedian that once was. I've moved on. I'm a grown man."
In a clip from the one-hour interview posted to Ellen Tube -- DeGeneres revealed that she had called the Academy to discuss Hart being reinstated as this year's Oscars host.
"I called The Academy today, because I really want you to host the Oscars," she said in the clip."I was so excited when I heard that they asked you. I thought it was an amazing thing. I knew how important it was and how it was a dream," Ellen said.
"So, I called them. I said, 'Kevin's on. I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?' And they were like, 'Oh my, God! We want him to host. We feel like maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host.' The Academy is saying, 'What can we do to make this happen?'
"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."
Ellen added on Twitter that she believed in "forgiveness" and "second chances".
However, members of the LGBTQ community, and especially black queer men are pointing out that DeGeneres' was out of place in speaking on their behalf.
"You weren't harmed in all of this," journalist George M Johnson explained on a video posted to Twitter.
"Black LGBTQ people were harmed in this situation," he said, adding that Hart was able to speak uninterrupted, without challenge to his past behaviour during the interview.
The interview has received an overwhelmingly negative response online, with critics frustrated by Ellen's pardoning.
Neither DeGeneres nor Hart has addressed the public backlash as yet. The Academy has also not confirmed whether the Oscars hosting gig was still open to Hart.
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