Ellen DeGeneres faces backlash for 'defending' Kevin Hart following homophobia furore

Kevin Hart ‘evaluating’ returning to host the Oscars after Ellen De Generes sit-down

Kevin Hart arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of"Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle in 2017

The comedienne then called the Academy and asked them if they would take Hart back, to which they apparently said yes.

"When I was given that ultimatum, this is now becoming like a cloud".

Hart previously insisted that his refusal to apologize for the tweets - reportedly an initial requirement from the Academy if he wanted to keep his job - was due to the fact that he had already done so years prior.

Kevin Hart leveled much of his criticism at the online trolls who used the old jokes he made as a means to stoke a social media mob.

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But certain members of the LGBTQ community and its allies feel disappointed that DeGeneres would vie for Hart even in the midst of an apology.

"You have grown; you have apologised; you're apologising again right now". Moreover, Hart's indignant response felt as though maybe he wasn't actually remorseful, or that he didn't think it was that big of a deal.

The past he is referring to is tweets he says he apologized for years ago.

"Either my apology is accepted or it isn't", he said. I know where our relationship stands.

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"You're living in times where words and points of view can be misconstrued because of how strong the internet is", Hart said.

The US comedian and actor was named as host for next month's Academy Awards but pulled out after offensive tweets, originally posted between 2009 and 2011, resurfaced.

Why did Kevin Hart step down from hosting the Oscars? "And I'll state it again, to anybody I've hurt, I'm sorry".

Kevin Hart was a guest on a recent episode of Ellen DeGeneres' "The Ellen Show" and he dished on all about his Oscar hosting controversy. "And I'm glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be", he said. Many are unhappy that she chose to characterize those who brought up concerns at Hart's hiring as simply "haters", letting him off the hook for true self-reflection. "Host the Oscars." Hart told her that "you have put a lot of things on my mind" and that he would think about their conversation.

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Would Kevin Hart have made a great host for the Oscars? DeGeneres faces scrutiny for being too lenient with a friend and using her own status as a famous and powerful gay person to let his previous comments go. To go through 40,000 tweets to get to 2008...that's a malicious attack on my character... If your host has not only said things that are hurtful to a significant portion of your audience, but also becomes indignant when asked to apologize for those hurtful words, that's a problem. "I'm in a completely different space in my life". "That's why they haven't found another host".

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