Kevin Hart's appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show on Friday drew a terse response from GLAAD, one of the country's leading LGBTQ advocacy groups.
The host told Hart not to listen to the "haters out there".
Kevin Hart was all set to host the 2019 Academy Awards, until he "made the choice" to unceremoniously step down after some past anti-gay tweets surfaced. I believe in second chances. "And I believe in Kevin Hart". "And I believe in @KevinHart4real".
"It's tough for me because it was an attack, a malicious attack on my character, to end me", Hart says in the interview which airs today. DeGeneres also voices her support for Hart and reveals that she called the Academy to try to get him reinstated as host. "I think he should be allowed to become an ally, I would like to see him become the host of the Oscars and use that opportunity on a big scale to become that ally and I hope that he's allowed that opportunity". Whatever we can do. Whatever is going on on the internet, don't pay attention to them.
Will the Academy hire Hart back for the job? However TMZ reports he made homophobic comments years after that. In this case I just said I wanted to walk away because it was a conversation that was just going to continue and continue and continue. I remember the span in 2011 when this came up, and I had to say to a person in the LGBTQ community, 'Hey, I understand.
The 91st Academy Awards are scheduled to air on February 24th on ABC.
Degeneres told Hart that she forgave him for his comments and encouraged him to ignore the "haters" so he can host the event with "sophistication, class, [and] hilarity". This wasn't an accident.
"The next morning, after a day full of congratulations and celebrations, I'm hit with an onslaught on social media of my past coming back up again". Twitter users didn't have to comb through "40,000 tweets" worth of content to find Hart's homophobic jokes as Hart insists. Hart described the reemergence of tweets from 2010 as "a malicious attack" meant to destabilize his career.
In yet another tweet, he wrote that actor Damien Wayans looked like "a gay bill board for AIDS".
"There is no flawless bone in my body. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will". Be happy. Do what you want to do. I'm wrong. But I can't do nothing about that joke because it was done.
Hart still had his reservations about returning, explaining, "It's tough for me because it was an attack".