Actor Kevin Hart (Night School, The Upside) sat down with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan to further discuss the swirling controversy over Hart's decade old homophobic tweets and his decision to step down from hosting the Oscars.
One thing is clear, Hart was absolutely correct when he told Strahan, "There is no ending to it."
The controversy seems to have taken on a life of its own with more and more celebrities being pulled into the vortex.
It all began with the announcement of Hart as the host of the 2019 Oscars. Almost immediately old homophobic tweets appeared online condemning Hart as the choice.
Hart then stepped down with a message saying:
"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's. This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I'm sorry that I hurt people... I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again."
I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distr… https://t.co/3gKJItiVZO— Kevin Hart (@Kevin Hart)1544158879.0
I'm sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not… https://t.co/4d0WETVrWl— Kevin Hart (@Kevin Hart)1544158890.0
Many felt it was too little too late.
@TheAcademy I will not watch an Oscar ceremony hosted by Kevin Hart. I love the Oscars and watch every year but I'd… https://t.co/MUubBytVgt— Chris Miracle (@Chris Miracle)1546589698.0
While others felt Hart should not have had to apologize at all.
@KevinHart4real @timbo6213gmail1 Hart 🙌 ❤️ big heart - You really didn’t have to apologize as you have apologized m… https://t.co/qAvvPSJPaL— Chris Fleming (@Chris Fleming)1544250684.0
One person within the entertainment industry that didn't want to see Hart step down was talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who came out in 1997.
She booked Hart on her popular show to discuss the issue.
I had an incredible and honest conversation with @KevinHart4real about hosting the #Oscars. It was supposed to air… https://t.co/I9XrmMa7Di— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1546565267.0
Ellen Reveals She Called the Academy to Help Re-Hire Kevin Hart As Oscars Host www.youtube.com
Many folks were in agreement that Hart should reconsider hosting the Oscars.
@TheEllenShow @KevinHart4real Saw this show. Have always Loved & Respected Kevin. After hearing him I even have mor… https://t.co/qaI10Goicm— Dan Goody (@Dan Goody)1546641155.0
@TheEllenShow @KevinHart4real Kevin needs to host, people grow and this should not be held against him love you Kevin!— Becky (@Becky)1546633575.0
@TheEllenShow @KevinHart4real As a proud gay man, I accept Kevin’s long standing apologies to the lgbt community an… https://t.co/3RNOtvhuc3— Gary Verge (@Gary Verge)1546638852.0
Still other felt DeGeneres was wrong to give Hart the platform.
@TheEllenShow @KevinHart4real Damn Ellen, you did the LGBTQ wrong.— CAZWELL (@CAZWELL)1546665802.0
News anchor Don Lemon spoke to the issue on his CNN show pointing out why the DeGeneres interview was problematic and that DeGeneres doesn't speak for the entire LGBTQ community.
Don Lemon to Kevin Hart: Walking away right now is your choice www.youtube.com
This too had opposing sides.
@CNNTonight @donlemon Thank you a million times for this. Not just for your words and your insight - but for demons… https://t.co/mLBYdbwFbN— Rackley's Ramblings (@Rackley's Ramblings)1546766370.0
@CNNTonight @donlemon @donlemon I really love you and respect you, but come on, really? Are we perfect beings? I pr… https://t.co/wLlS8G8igq— Lisa D.Miller (@Lisa D.Miller)1546797357.0
Now, it seems, Hart is over talking about it. In the Good Morning America interview with Strahan, he says:
"I'm over that. I'm over the moment, and I'm about today. So if it's accepted, great, and if it's not, it's nothing I can control."
This conversation does not seem to be ending anytime soon.
@GMA @KevinHart4real Nobody was asking him to prove that— Daniel Bates (@Daniel Bates)1547040563.0
@GMA @KevinHart4real Being defensive isn’t working.— 🌸mwjb320613🌼 (@🌸mwjb320613🌼)1547040558.0
@writtenbytcs @mjamesb320 @GMA @KevinHart4real 'addressing it' isn't an apology— Daniel Zennon 🍑🍔 (@Daniel Zennon 🍑🍔)1547063662.0
@GMA @KevinHart4real @michaelstrahan Kevin's tone is arrogant & condescending. Just as he promotes his movies on nu… https://t.co/2mOH0BUo0I— Lamont Scales (@Lamont Scales)1547040522.0
@LamontScales @GMA @KevinHart4real @michaelstrahan How many more times does he have to apologize??? and for what??… https://t.co/TElR18MYbm— Pamela Wymn (@Pamela Wymn)1547045398.0
@PamelaWymn @LamontScales @GMA @KevinHart4real @michaelstrahan He’s not sorry AT ALL all his interviews have been a… https://t.co/die6LHYctY— BeAwareOfwhoyouAre (@BeAwareOfwhoyouAre)1547055058.0
With all this talking, we hope there is some listening going on.