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Ellen urges Kevin Hart to reconsider hosting the Oscars

Ellen urges Kevin Hart to reconsider hosting the Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres said she will “talk” Kevin Hart into hosting the Oscars.

US comedian and actor Hart pulled out of hosting the awards in December, amid controversy over homophobic tweets he posted almost a decade ago.

In an hour-long interview on The Ellen Show, Hart said he is “evaluating” his options. It is airing in the US on Friday on NBC at 15:00 GMT.

DeGeneres also revealed she had spoken to the Academy about Hart, and tweeted the hashtag, #OscarsNeedHart.

“In this conversation, @KevinHart4real was authentic and real, and I’m in his corner,” she said.

During the interview with DeGeneres, who is openly gay and hosted the Oscars in 2014 and 2007, Hart apologised again for the tweets, but said he did not want the awards to be about his “tweets from 10 years ago and homophobia”.

“I do not want to stand on that stage and make that night about me and my past, when you have got people who have worked hard to step on that stage for the first time and receive a reward.”

Source: bbc.com

Kevin Hart and Ellen

Ellen urges Kevin Hart to reconsider hosting the Oscars

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