Ellen DeGeneres sides with Kevin Hart

Jazmin Sanchez, Staff Reporter

On December 4th 2018, Kevin Hart was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as the host of the 91st Oscars, but two days later he stepped down from the job due to backlash about past homophobic tweets.

Friday January 4th, 2019 Ellen DeGeneres invited comedian and actor Kevin Hart on to her talk show “Ellen”. Ellen questioned Mr. Hart about the controversy that had to do with the Oscars.

Mr. Hart opened up to Ellen adding that he was going to be the fourth African American to host the Oscars and it was a dream come true for him.

The Night School actor emphasizes various times that he does not “want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists.”

After the episode aired, Ellen received backlash from fans. They took to twitter to criticize the episode she had with Mr. Hart. Fans wrote angry tweets towards Ellen’s past and Kevin Hart´s words on the show.

“Ellen giving homophobes the ability to say “but Ellen said it’s okay” is a massive betrayal. I don’t care how many sitcoms you lost in the 90s.”

— Happy Houlidays (@RyanHoulihan) January 4, 2019

“Talking without challenge isn’t a discussion, it’s pandering. Kevin hasn’t learned any lesson except the one he’s created, which is that the internet is full of meanies and anyone who disagrees is a ‘hater.”

— Lucy Jayne Ford (@lucyj_ford) January 4, 2019

“Also, you didn’t talk about it. You gave him his monologue and then called those of us upset about it haters and trolls. This was no dialogue. This was not a teaching moment. You just let him talk.”

— Go Cats! (@DfSwildcat) January 4, 2019

On January, 5th 2019 Don Lemon addressed how he felt towards Ellen and Mr. Hart´s interview on CNN “Honestly, Ellen doesn’t speak for the whole community, we need to speak up for the young black people, especially young black men – kids – in the LGBT community.”

Don Lemon also called Kevin Hart to action by saying “Apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay or people who are transgender, being an ally does.”

In the weeks following the whole controversy Mr. Hart has fully decided that it would be best if he does not host this years Oscars but they will meet again hopefully. He has said that he is done talking about it and hopes everyone is too.

With the Oscars only being a month away, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has yet to find another host due to everyone turning down the position like Eddie Murphy especially with all the backlash Kevin Hart received.