Many Aren’t Happy With Ellen Begging Kevin Hart To Host Oscars Despite Vile Homophobic Tweets

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres received major backlash on Friday after she defended comedian Kevin Hart by begging him to host the 2019 Oscars despite his recently resurfaced homophobic tweets.

Ellen did not back down from her support for Hart in response to the backlash.

“However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to talk about it,” she wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for being here, @KevinHart4real. ❤️”

Hart, who stepped down as host last month after refusing to apologize for resurfaced homophobic tweets (saying he had already previously apologized), opened up for the first time about his 2019 Oscar controversy on the DeGeneres’ show this week.

During the interview, Ellen revealed how she stepped in to help Hart get the hosting gig back.

“I called The Academy today, because I really want you to host the Oscars,” DeGeneres explained. “So, I called them. I said, ‘Kevin’s on. I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?’ And they were like, ‘Oh my, God! We want him to host. We feel like maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host.’ The Academy is saying, ‘What can we do to make this happen?’ And I’m saying to you, as one of the smartest people I know, one of the funniest people I know…what we’re going to get to see onstage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity and you growing as a person.”

She added: “There are so many haters out there. Whatever is going on 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.”

In one of the now-deleted tweets, posted in 2011, Hart wrote: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.”

Many people took offense to DeGeneres’ defense of Hart, especially her calling those offended by his previous homophobic tweets “haters,” and her overall support of the comedian.

In a thread by BuzzFeed reporter Adam Vary, he said that “the people who brought up Kevin Hart’s past tweets — like me — were not, as Ellen characterized, ‘haters,’” and that those who had brought attention to the tweets “were legitimately startled to see just how harsh his words were.”

“It’s depressing that Ellen’s enthusiasm for Hart hosting the Oscars.. led her to contribute to a narrative that Hart is the victim of ‘haters’ & ‘trolls’ out to ‘destroy’ him, & if he doesn’t host the Oscars, they’ll ‘win,’” Vary concluded.

Another person criticized the talk show host for attempting to speak for the entire LGBT community, writing, “I love that Ellen has decided for all queer men that we’re actually okay with what Kevin Hart said because she knows him personally and he’s nice.”