Kevin Hart posts cryptic post amid Oscars controversy

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The 39-year-old played up his Monday night episode on Twitter as "unreal" and "one that you do not want to miss". Yes, we thought that was already the position that he'd taken just two days after accepting the (thankless) job.

In lieu of a traditional host, The Oscars, premiering live on Sunday, February 24, 2019, will have several high-profile presenters.

"I feel like if you're not homophobic anymore, you shouldn't mind apologizing for your past homophobia again", one Twitter user wrote.

DeGeneres went on to defend Hart against what The Upside star felt was a malicious social media campaign to derail his career and urged him to rethink his decision on stepping down as Oscars host.

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Despite a passionate plea from Ellen DeGeneres on her show, Kevin Hart has chose to not host the Academy Awards.

Ellen revealed she had spoken to Academy bosses and asked Kevin if he would consider returning to host, a conversation that sparked a backlash from members of the gay community, including top US newsman Don Lemon, who said the star had failed to atone sufficiently for his past remarks. "This is a conversation I needed to have, I'm glad that I had it here, and I'm glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be", he said.

Many found his apologies lacking, but DeGeneres said she accepted Hart's remorse wholesale and revealed she had called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asking for the comedian to be given back the hosting gig.

"These issues need to be addressed, especially when it comes to Black youth in our country because they need to know that they have value, and it's OK to be who they are", he continued.

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Hart also said he was on the side of "equality" but that it's important for "people to have their own personal beliefs". I've said where the rights and wrongs were.

She said people online calling him homophobic were just a small group, speaking loudly, but not the greater community, including those who are LGBTQ.

Hart did reconsider hosting the show after the support from DeGeneres and his fans, but ultimately, it looks like he won't be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards. "No, they weren't "haters" who came after you".

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