Ellen DeGeneres Defends Kevin Hart Despite His Anti-Gay Tweets & Oscar Firing

In early December 2018, Kevin Hart was selected to host the Oscars 2019, but his dream of hosting was quickly over. After the announcement tweets of Hart’s dating back to 2008 surfaced and they were extremely homophobic.

Now the tweets are deleted, but the read, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s [sic] 2 play with my daughters [sic] doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

In other tweets, he used a gay slur and calling AIDS gay.

https://twitter.com/benfraserlee/status/1070413541012893696

Hart refused to apologize for his tweets because, according to his new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he has apologized before and didn’t think he needed to again.

Instead, Hart posted a lengthy video on his Instagram about how he won’t let his past tweets ruin his success.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BrEFNFalWgw/

But Hart isn’t done giving his side of the ordeal. He went on The Ellen Show to promote his new movie The Upside and talk about the Oscars controversy. Hart gives roughly a six-minute monologue about how he doesn’t “have a homophobic bone in [his] body” despite his past tweets.

In his interview, he claims to be the victim of the social media onslaught instead of addressing and apologizing for his tweets.

Hart says that hosting the Oscars was always a huge dream for him and was on his vision board. He was given an ultimatum to either step down from his huge dream of hosting the Oscars or apologize. He chose the former and decided to step down and not apologize. He said that his decision to not host was because then the night would be “about me and my past” and not the actors who worked so hard to be nominated and win.

DeGeneres disagrees with Hart and said, “I think the night will be about you, and it should be about you, and you should host the Oscars.”

The talk show host then goes on to say that she called the Academy before their interview and vouched for Hart saying that he was “misunderstood” or “it was handled wrong” but that ultimately “we want him to host.”

Who is the “we” DeGeneres is talking about? Unsure.

But then she goes on to speak about her feelings about the situation and how she feels about Hart’s tweets as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

“As a gay person … I am sensitive to all of that and I talked to you about this and you’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day. You have grown, you have apologized, you’re apologizing again right now. Don’t let those people win. Host the Oscars.”

Hart then goes on to say he learned from his past but also goes on to victimize himself and say he was purposely attacked.

Watch both of the clips here:

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