*Wow. Would you believe Ellen DeGeneres is catching all kinds of hell from social media because she dared to portray Kevin Hart‘s past homophobic comments as not that big of a deal and was only responded to by a small group of haters online?
Well yes, we believe it and water is wet. In any event, Hart – who declined to host the Oscars after those past homophobic tweets came back to haunt him – taped an interview with DeGeneres on Thursday that was originally due to air on Monday. However, the producers of “Ellen” thought it was newsworthy enough to shift it to Friday, with clips released on Thursday night (see above).
In one of the clips, Hart says he is “evaluating” reprising his role as the 2019 Oscars host after DeGeneres called the Academy to vouch for him.
“I called them, I said, ‘Kevin’s on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?’ And they were like, ‘Oh my God, we want him to host! We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong. Maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled. And he should host the Oscars.'”
The bottom line is that DeGeneres seemed to say the gay community doesn’t have a problem with Hart’s vague apology back in 2014 and his more recent post in 2018, in which he said, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
DeGeneres and Hart dismissed the critics as trolls, and she then doubled down and said it was Kevin’s “right” to host the Oscars.
As we said up top, some folks in the gay community are pissed at DeGeneres for her defense and vicious attack on Hart’s critics … some calling it “a massive f***ing betrayal.”
There are some who are outraged Ellen is putting herself out as speaking for the entire LGBTQ community, one person tweeted:
“To Ellen. Unfortunately Mrs Ellen, this ain’t your fight. The harm is done and this man hasn’t learned.”
As the show was ending, Hart suggested Ellen has made him rethink his decision to walk away from the Oscar gig, saying:
“You have put a lot of things on my mind. Leaving here, I’m promising you I’m evaluating this conversation … Let me assess, just sit in the space and really think.”