“I called The Academy today because I really want you to host the Oscars. I was so excited when I heard that they asked you. I thought it was an amazing thing. I knew how important it was and how it was a dream. There are so many haters out there. Whatever is going on in the internet, don’t pay attention to them. That’s a small group of people being very, very loud. We are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you host the Oscars.” stated Ellen.
It’s unclear whom Ellen DeGeneres spoke to. The Academy did not respond to a request for comment and has not announced a replacement host for Kven Hart.
However, as soon the show went on air, there was loads of criticism that game in. A lot of viewers did not like Ellen defending Kevin and giving him such a public platform. Ellen also spoke out in a tweet as she wrote, “However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to talk about it.”
During the talk show, Kevin told Ellen that he took responsibility for his past comments, which include a now-deleted tweet from 2011 in which he said, “If my son comes home and try, to play with my daughters doll house I am going to break it over his head and say in my voice stop that’s gay.”
There was also Kevin Hart’s 2010 comedy special, Seriously Funny, in which he has said, “Me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”
Earlier Kevin Hart had stepped down from hosting the Oscars last month after tweets from 2009-2011 resurfaced with derogatory language referring to gay people and disparaging comments about sexuality.