DeGeneres used the hashtag #OscarsNeedHart while promoting the coming interview, implying that the Oscars needed Hart to return to his hosting duties.
Then things got even more interesting/strange, as Degeneres revealed that she's been talking with the Academy and claims that they still want Hart to host the Oscars if he's willing.
He added: "Either my apology is accepted or it isn't".
Degeneres told Hart that she forgave him for his comments and encouraged him to ignore the "haters" so he can host the event with "sophistication, class, [and] hilarity". Whatever we can do.
ELLEN CALLS ACADEMY ON HART'S BEHALF: The co-hosts discuss Kevin Hart saying he's rethinking his decision to step down as host of the 2019 Oscars after his interview with Ellen DeGeneres, who reached out to the Academy on his behalf. Whatever is going on on the internet, don't pay attention to them.
Kevin Hart seems unsure about whether or not he'd retake the Oscars hosting job if offered to him a second time following the controversy in December.
Hart said his hesitation to host, which he said was a dream for him, comes from fear of the people who went through his almost 40,000 tweets to find incriminating ones. I am sensitive to all of that...
To this day the ceremony is without a host with less than two months to the February 24 air date.
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If there's a campaign to get him back, it couldn't have started more slickly: on the hugely successful talk show run by one of Hollywood's most prominent gay celebrities, who hosted the Oscars herself in 2007.
The interview clips proved divisive on Twitter, with some feeling that DeGeneres was giving Hart a pass for his homophobic comments. This wasn't a coincidence.
"That's a malicious attack on my character", Hart said. There is a movement in certain sectors to create a "posthumous" version of comedy where the jokes aren't about getting people to laugh any more, but are to engage people in social commentary.
Another tweet reads, "why does (Damien Dante Wayans's) profile pic look like a gay bill board for AIDS".
"Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic". I'm sorry that I hurt people ... "But I agree, I want him to use this as a real teaching moment".
"I had to address it when I did Get Hard promo with Will Ferrell, because of my joke that I had about my son". I'm a better man today because of it. I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren't necessarily big deals because we can. "So why set yourself up for failure?"
"They're gonna win if you don't host the Oscars", DeGeneres told him.
"And you can't let them destroy you ...", DeGeneres said. He called out the media and others for how they treated Hart compared to the likes of Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, calling it a "double standard". "You are apologizing again right now".
"You can't grow as a person without mistakes".