As the Oscars controversy over old anti-gay tweets from Kevin Hart intensifies, CNN's Don Lemon offered a stinging rebuff to the potential host's history of homophobia. "We are a huge group of people who love you and want you to host the Oscars", DeGeneres said of those who had slammed the comedian for his past comments.
'I'm not debating right from wrong. However, there doesn't appear to be anything on record showing Hart ever apologizing for his homophobic comments, which included telling someone that they looked like a "gay billboard for AIDS". People have pointed out that they haven't been able to find any of the apologies.
Instead, Hart sparked even further outrage, claiming that he had already apologized to the LGBTQ community - when no real apology could be found.
"But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change". "If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that's the fight", he said.
The comedian and actor chose to step down from hosting next month's ceremony following an online backlash over a series of homophobic tweets he posted 10 years ago.
He wrote: "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge".
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Witnesses claimed when the woman got out of the auto she genuinely seemed unaware her son was sitting on the roof. Two children were secured in auto seats, but the four-year-old was allegedly unrestrained.
In an Instagram post, Hart emphasized the importance of learning and growth. Please grasp this and use it in 2019.
DeGeneres went on to defend Hart against what The Upside star felt was a malicious social media campaign to derail his career and urged him to rethink his decision on stepping down as Oscars host. Teachers are great teachers when they LEARN how to get thru to kids correctly, " he wrote, going on to include several different professions.
"It was an attack", Hart told DeGeneres. "I think they were secretly hoping that you would come back", she added.
Since then, there hasn't been any word from the Academy, with Deadline reporting that their, "highly reliable sources" indicating that no one in Hollywood is interested in hosting, after the, 'Hart debacle'.
A report in Variety backed up Ellen's assertion Academy chiefs are open to the star being reinstated as host, but that he had to have a "meaningful" conversation about his old tweets.