Ellen DeGeneres Gets Dragged Through The Mud For Kevin Hart Defense, Things Are Getting Ugly

Jena Greene | Reporter

Ellen DeGeneres made headlines after she offered a full-throated defense of comedian Kevin Hart on her show Thursday.

Hart, who stepped down as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards in December after a string of homophobic tweets from his account were dug up, has had a strange go of it over the past several weeks. He apologized for the matter when it broke, then refused to continue apologizing, “because when you feed into that stuff you only add more fuel to the fire,” he explained.

He maintained that tone Thursday when Ellen DeGeneres informed him that she’d been working behind the scenes to get him onstage as host. (RELATED: He’s Baaaack! Kevin Hart Considers Returning As Oscars Host Following Ellen DeGeneres Intervention)

“I called the Academy today because I really want you to host the Oscars,” she told Hart.

Later, she tweeted, “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real.”

It turns out, not even Ellen can smooth matters such as these over. The popular talk show host got raked over the coals for even deigning to forgive Kevin Hart, let alone promoting him onstage in front of millions.

Hart refused to apologize for his past tweets on DeGeneres’ show Thursday, claiming he already had. In one of the tweets, which was posted in the early 2000s, 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.'”

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