2018 brought more conflict to the already controversial Oscars when host Kevin Hart stepped down after refusing to apologize for homophobic jokes made in the past, including one about hurting his son if he found his son playing with a doll house. "So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else".
He chose to step aside as host rather than apologise, later saying "I have made several mistakes, and I embrace them all".
"I've taken ten years to put my apology to work".
DeRay McKesson, the civil rights activist and Black Lives Matter supporter, tweeted: "I expected Ellen to actually ask Kevin Hart some sort of challenging question. Because that was wrong". "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past", said Hart. "We feel like maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host, '" DeGeneres told Hart and the audience of her conversation. "But I don't believe in going backwards". I believe in second chances.
According to Variety, The Academy is still open to having Kevin Hart host the Oscars, but only if he wants to.
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The interview contained an impassioned plea from Ellen DeGeneres to resume his hosting gig for the Academy Awards, and she said she has spoken with people involved with the Academy who want Hart to return.
In one of his previous tweets, Hart had described an actor's picture as a "gay billboard for AIDS".
"As a gay person", she added, "I am as sensitive to all of that". Now all of a sudden it's a little darker, because the conversation isn't about me hosting the Oscars. I say it. I said it.
Days after the comedian was picked in December, he faced extreme backlash for homophobic tweets from eight years ago that re-emerged online.
He maintained that tone Thursday when Ellen DeGeneres informed him that she'd been working behind the scenes to get him onstage as host. "To go through 40,000 tweets to get back to 2008?" When he received the ultimatum from the Academy to either apologize or step down as host, he said it was like a dark cloud had descended over everything. "Either I can move forward, or I can't".
With no host set for the February date, hopefully the Academy will find a different way to proceed. "You can't let them destroy you and they can't destroy you because you have too much talent". The star allegedly said to Ellen that people were out to ruin him.