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Ellen DeGeneres Went To Bat For Kevin Hart Hosting The Oscars—And Fans Are Divided


Kevin Hart had been all set to host the Oscars this year when some homophobic and kind of violent anti-gay tweets and comments from years ago resurfaced. People were, understandably, upset and called for an apology. Rather than apologize or try to engage in conversation, Hart doubled down and refused. Ultimately he stepped down from his place as host and the hunt for a new host for the Oscars (and a new gig for Kevin) began. That brings us up to now.

People have been talking about the situation since. How much should things someone said years ago matter? How much can a person grow and change? Is this going to hurt Kevin long term? We still don't have answers to those questions, and people are divided, but a surprising ally spoke up in Kevin's defense recently. Kevin appeared on Ellen, and when all is said and done, it looks like DeGeneres is willing to go to bat for him.

Ellen DeGeneres called the Academy to vouch for Kevin Hart and he is now "re-evaluating" the idea of returning as host.

Watch the moment she tells Kevin.

Ellen Reveals She Called the Academy to Help Re-Hire Kevin Hart As Oscars Host

Twitter is ... divided. To put it gently.

So, yeah. We're pretty much nowhere with the underlying issue and it doesn't look like we will be any time soon. Kevin might be hosting again, though, so there's that to update at least. We want your thoughts, so sound off in the comments.