Ellen DeGeneres Forgives Kevin Hart, Says She Believes in Second Chances

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"When I go on that stage, it will be because I've somehow figured out a way to win the Oscar", Hart said. So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think.

Hart, 39, initially rejected the Academy's demand he apologise, arguing he said sorry when the offending tweets first emerged. He later apologized to the LGBTQ community and voluntarily stepped down as host. I know that within my apologies, I've taken 10 years to put my apology to work. "This was to damage the lives that have been invested in me".

Hart appears as a guest on Friday's episode where the two discuss the fallout over Hart's past tweets, which many viewed to be homophobic. "Because that was wrong".

"This was to destroy me", said Hart. "I think Ellen DeGeneres wants to see Kevin Hart host the Oscars". "So, to get the moment, celebrate the moment, oh my god I can't believe it's happening, and then the next morning, after a day of congratulations and celebrations, I'm hit with an onslaught on social media of my past coming back up again". "So I don't know the flawless individual that society is now looking for - it's not me", Kevin told Ellen.

DeGeneres, who is openly gay and hosted the Oscars in 2007 and 2014, said the Academy, which organizes the ceremony, had responded that they would be "thrilled" to have him host the February 24 awards. "It shouldn't be about Kevin Hart and his tweets of old". "This was by far the most raw/honest & authentic interview that I have ever done".

In clips released in advance of its Friday airing, the star pushed Hart on whether he'd reconsider the hosting gig. Maybe. But his attitude in response to his own hurtful words kind of spoiled the whole shebang, and even though he apologizes in this Ellen interview, he still seems indignant about the entire ordeal.

"I had an incredible and honest conversation with [Kevin Hart] about hosting the Oscars". The comedian explains how he has apologized in the past for the same exact incident, and shares the reason for leaving the host gig is because he doesn't want the cloud of hate to distract the audience from the prestigious Oscars night.

He also labeled the process of looking through his roughly 40,000 old tweets an attempt to "damage" him - "a malicious attack on my character".

"I called them, I said "Kevin's on".

"You have grown; you have apologised; you're apologising again right now. This is what I want people to understand: That's an attack to end me".

When DeGeneres tweeted about the interview on Thursday, fans had mixed feelings to the news: some commended DeGeneres for giving Hart a platform on which to speak while others argued Hart did not deserve the chance.

Moreover, Ellen DeGeneres has been working hard for Kevin to take the stage of the Oscars as well.