Why Does Ellen Degeneres Still Want Kevin Hart to Host the Oscars?

Kevin Hart is a comedian who has starred in hits like Think Like a ManJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Ride Along. He generates millions at the box office and has a tremendous social media following. On December 4, 2018, Hart announced that he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars. But just two short days later, Hart told fans that he would be stepping down from his hosting gig. What happened and is there a chance we can still see him host the 2019 Oscars?

Hard work and determination made Hart a household name

Kevin Hart at CinemaCon 2016
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In 1999, Hart was discovered by comedy manager, Dave Becky. He moved to Hollywood and quickly began landing movie and television roles. But things weren’t clicking for Hart so he hit the tour scene. He quickly found his place. He began touring the country, connecting with audiences, and asking for their email addresses to send them more information. He went from performing in arenas where the audience was given free tickets to selling out arenas.

Today, Hart is a superstar actor and producer, appearing in over 40 films. He has won at the People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and BET Awards. He has even been nominated for a Grammy. He continues to do stand up and as often regarded as one of the funniest men in Hollywood.

Hosting the Oscars has always been a dream

In a 2015 appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael, Hart told guest host Erin Andrews in reference to hosting the Oscars, “That would be a major accomplishment. With what I’ve done and the progress I’ve made in my career, that’s definitely the next major step, I feel, for a comedian. To say you’ve hosted the Oscars, to grace that stage, turn that event into a youthful night.” But the time was never right. Until 2018.

On December 4, it appeared Hart’s dreams had finally come true. Hart posted on Instagram, “For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars… I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars.”

Old tweets came back to haunt Hart

Shortly after Hart announced that he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, old tweets and past stand-up performances came to light. Critics were quick to say that Hart was not the man for the job. In the tweets, Hart made several anti-gay remarks and harsh remarks about sexuality. The tweets date back to 2008 and the stand-up special was released in 2010. Hart has since apologized for his remarks and told daytime television host Ellen DeGeneres that he feels that he has grown as a person since making those remarks.

Hart told DeGeneres that part of his decision to step down was that he wanted the awards night to be fun. He didn’t want it to be about him and his past. He said that digging through over 40,000 tweets to find negative comments from his past was an attack on his character and an attempt to end him. He said this is about more than just stopping him from being the Oscars host.

Ellen called the Academy to have Hart host

DeGeneres acknowledged that Hart has apologized in the past and again on her show. She said that she understands that his remarks come from a position of being uneducated about the topic. She went on to tell Hart that she called the Academy and feels that he should still be the host of this year’s Oscars. She said that the Academy was enthusiastic in their response and still very much want Hart to host the awards show. DeGeneres later took to Instagram and posted, “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real.”

Hart told DeGeneres that she gave him a lot to talk about and that he will sit and assess and talk to the talk show host before making any decision.