Kevin Hart may host the Oscars 2019 after all

Yolanda Curtis
January 5, 2019

As for DeGeneres, if this is another attempt on her part to recover the edge she had before she became television's pre-eminent inoffensive daytime talk show host, it clearly backfired.

"So when people say, 'Yo, I can't find it, ' well, go ask the individual who dug up the stuff from 2009 to go do the same", Hart continued.

Hart's decision to publicly say sorry for his comments came after he chose to step down from hosting duties, a decision which was said to have puzzled some Academy members. "I know that I apologized".

"In this conversation, @KevinHart4real was authentic and real, and I'm in his corner", she said. "Because that was wrong".

In one of the clips, DeGeneres told Hart that she called The Academy "because I really want you to host the Oscars".

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Hart opens up to DeGeneres about being hired to host the 2019 Oscars, which he describes as a dream come true, especially as he would have been only the fourth African-American to host the ceremony. "To go back through 40,000 tweets to get back to 2008 that's an attack, that's a malicious attack on my character, that's an attack to end me, that's not an attack to just stop the Oscars".

For defending Kevin Hart and believing in giving him a second chance, DeGeneres was quickly attacked.

"Leaving here I promise you I'm evaluating this conversation", Hart told DeGeneres.

The Academy apparently asked Hart to publicly apologize, but he initially refused. I don't want to have this conversation anymore because I know who I am.

"And you can't let them destroy you ...", DeGeneres said. Cultured. I'm a guy that understands now, I look at life through a different lens and because of that I live it a different way. I'm sorry! But either my apology is accepted or it isn't.

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"The academy is saying, 'What can we do to make this happen?'", she said. The comedian was tapped to host the Oscars, but stepped down after controversy erupted over a series of homophobic jokes he made in the past.

- Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) January 4, 2019Ellen's show is basically the embodiment of respectability politics, so using it as a platform to absolve Kevin Hart on our behalf sounds pretty much on brand.

Hart did not say whether he would host the Oscars or not, but he told Ellen that he was evaluating the situation. "You are apologizing again right now".

The Kevin Hart Oscars saga is far from over, it appears.

While the 91st Academy Awards is still set to air on February 24th without any announcement of a host, the world is still fixated on the public fallout between the Academy and the host that should have been.

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