Kevin Hart issues plea for understanding after fresh Oscars backlash

Danny Woods
January 8, 2019

Isn't that what the LGBT community wants?

We guess Ellen's compassion doesn't extend to the demanders of social media.

Vance DeGeneres took to Twitter over the weekend to address the critics who blasted the daytime queen for accepting the comedian's apology for his decade-old, anti-gay jokes that ultimately caused him to back out of hosting the 2019 Oscars. I'm riding with you guys.

"It was a mostly off the record conversation because I wanted him to be honest with me", Lemon said. "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right".

Kevin Hart promotes the movie "The Upside" in Hollywood, Oct. 30, 2018.

The source explained Hart is now "making the rounds", apologizing publicly on a number of talk shows, including Ellen.

"I will say this, and I want to make this very clear", Hart stated.

"I called the Academy today because I really want you to host the Oscars", DeGeneres said on the episode, which aired last Friday. Because all of the people that have done wrong are the people that - you want their attention to say, 'This is why we want you to change, so we don't feel the way that we feel.' And those people go 'S-. "'I want to say that I have no problem with gay people".

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But just three days later, he stepped down after homophobic tweets from eight years ago re-emerged; he said he's already apologized for the tweets and that he's not the same person he was at that time.

While some saw it as a positive move forward, many felt betrayed by DeGeneres for her support of Hart and slammed her for seemingly giving a voice to anti-gay rhetoric. "Then they win! They can't destroy you, because you have too much talent".

Lemon said he was unimpressed and broadcast some of Kevin's controversial jokes, including one tweet in which he claimed he'd smash a dollhouse over his son's head if his child played with it as "that's gay".

The controversy kicked off in early December when a series of homophobic tweets from Hart's past were unearthed.

Read Hart's full Instagram message below, then drop a comment with your thoughts.

Closing with an apparent reference to Don's criticism, Kevin wrote: "A news anchor or journalist does not start at the top...they have to LEARN to develop to be great at their job".

He added in the caption, "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge".

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