'Don't let those people win': Ellen DeGeneres urges Kevin Hart to reconsider hosting Oscars in new interview

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Friday, January 4, 2019
'Don't let those people win': Ellen DeGeneres urges Kevin Hart to reconsider hosting Oscars in new interview
Sandy Kenyon reports on Kevin Hart's apperance on The Ellen Show.

Ellen DeGeneres has made it very clear who she wants to host the Oscars: the originally announced host, Kevin Hart.

Hart stepped down after years-old homophobic tweets of his surfaced following the announcement he would host. DeGeneres, who is gay, says Hart has already addressed the tweets in the past and that they should not keep him from hosting.

"You have grown. You have apologized. You're apologizing again right now. You've done it," she said.

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DeGeneres, who herself is a past Oscars host, said she reached out to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to get their take.

Sandy Kenyon reports on Ellen DeGeneres urging Kevin Hart to reconsider hosting Oscars.

"They were like, 'Oh my God! We want him to host," she recalled. "'Whatever we can do. We would be thrilled, and he should host the Oscars.'"

Hart explained that, when the tweets re-surfaced, he felt that whoever had unearthed them was trying to completely destroy his career, not just his prospects of hosting the Oscars. He called it "a malicious attack on my character."

"Oh my God, this was to destroy me," he reflected. "This was to end all partnerships, all brand relationships, all investment opportunities, studio relationships. My production company and the people that work underneath me. This was to damage the lives that have been invested in me."

Hart said he hopes what happened can prompt a bigger conversation.

"Somebody has to take a stand against the quote-unquote 'trolls,''' he said.

Hart did not say whether he will host the Oscars after all, but he did take to Instagram to call the conversation "by far the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done."

DeGeneres finished by telling him she believed that, if he doesn't return as host, he is letting the trolls win.

"Don't let those people win," she urged him. "Host the Oscars."

After DeGeneres posted the interview, some LGBT activists pushed back on social media, saying the conversation should have gone deeper.