TV show host Ellen DeGeneres, who identifies as gay, is trying to get comedian Kevin Hart his job back as host of the Academy Awards after he was fired for jokes he made a decade ago that are now considered seriously offensive to the homosexual community.
After Hart was picked to host this year’s Oscars — something he considers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — liberals immediately started searching through his old videos and tweets to dig up dirt on him. After finding stuff as far back as 2009, they blasted it all over social media in an attempt to shame the black man out of his career.
Having apologized in the past, Hart initially refused to apologize again and said the world was getting “beyond crazy,” according to NBC News.
But as the unfriendly storm of opinions against him grew into a hurricane, Hart tweeted a new apology and stepped down from his Oscar gig.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he wrote in early December. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
But now DeGeneres is trying to get Hart back to hosting the Oscars. She believes he’s been treated unfairly and invited him on Thursday to sit down with her for an exclusive interview.
On her show, Hart explain again how he first tried to ignore the growing outrage because he didn’t want to feed it, but it didn’t work. Things just got worse.
"Now the headlines are starting to change,” he recounted. “The headlines are 'Kevin Hart Refuses To Apologize For Homophobic Tweets From The Past.' The word 'again' was left out. Everybody took those headlines and started to run with it. So now the slander on my name is all 'homophobia.'”
He added that, “I'm a little upset because I know who I am. I know I don't have a homophobic bone in my body. I've yet to go back to that version of the immature comedian that I once was.”
DeGeneres contacted the Academy Awards, who said there may have been some misunderstanding going on and that they would be thrilled if Hart would agree to host again, the Daily Wire reported. Now to see what happens next.
Liberals on social media blasted DeGeneres, though, for accepting Hart’s apology and fighting for him. They let their displeasure be known, including one Twitter user who dropped an F-bomb in calling DeGeneres’ actions a “betrayal.”