Ellen DeGeneres still wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars

"Either my apology is accepted or it isn't. Either I can move forward or I can't

"We want him to host, we feel like maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong, or maybe we said the wrong thing", she said she was told. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled. Hart reiterated that he had always wanted to host, that he would be the fourth black person in history to get the job.

Hart refused to apologize for his past tweets on DeGeneres' show Thursday, claiming he already had. "I'm not going to pay it any mind because when you feed into that stuff you only add more fuel to the fire". "Anything, really", he wrote. "I don't care how many sitcoms you lost in the 90's". "Even here", Declan Cashin, a British journalist, replied to her tweet promoting the interview. "This is stuff I've addressed and apologized for already", Kevin shares.

Piers Morgan also weighed in, saying supporting Hart was "very big" of DeGeneres.

On Thursday night, DeGeneres tweeted that Hart's appearance was originally scheduled to air Monday, but that she had chose to move the segment up because she didn't want to sit on it: "I had an incredible and honest conversation with @KevinHart4real about hosting the #Oscars".

Although the backlash has subsided a bit, Hart hasn't gotten past the controversy of having some old homophobic tweets resurface. I had to address those tweets in 2012 in a very, very heavy junket where I was asked questions about homophobia based on those tweets, and I had to address it and apologize and say I understand what those words do and how they hurt.

Others have expressed a similar sentiment on social media. After apologizing again, the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star went after the people who found his old tweets.

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"What we're going to get to see onstage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity, and you growing as a person", DeGeneres said. There are so many haters out there. "I think they were secretly hoping that you would come back", she added. "I'm thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it?" "I'm not that guy", he said, explaining why he stepped down from his Oscars hosting gig. I look at life through a different lens, and because of that I live it a different way ...

There was also a well-known Time magazine cover that featured Ellen that read "Yep, I'm gay", which was also a huge deal when it was released in April of 1997. It has nothing to do with him, it's about me.

Hart said he knew that his comments were incendiary and said he wouldn't repeat the joke.

"This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many fantastic talented artists".

"My first thought is, 'I'm going to ignore it. So why set yourself up for failure?"

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