Friday, 15 February, 2019

Don Lemon breaks down why Kevin Hart's 'apology' just doesn't cut it

Don Lemon breaks down why Kevin Hart's 'apology' just doesn't cut it Don Lemon breaks down why Kevin Hart's 'apology' just doesn't cut it
Stacy Diaz | 08 January, 2019, 07:21

Entertainment news site Deadline is reporting that comedian and actor Kevin Hart told sources that he will not host the Oscars because he doesn't want to be a distraction.

Vance DeGeneres took to Twitter over the weekend to address the critics who blasted the daytime queen for accepting the comedian's apology for his decade-old, anti-gay jokes that ultimately caused him to back out of hosting the 2019 Oscars. Lemon said. "We couldn't find [an apology]... and if you can find one, feel free to send it our way".

Others, however, were upset with what was viewed as an "attempt to speak for the LGBTQ community as a whole".

In the caption, he added, "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge".

'But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change. Please grasp this and use it in 2019. "I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time.I will be sure to make this years [sic] Oscars a special one".

Speaking to DeGeneres - a former host of the annual awards ceremony - Hart said: "You have put a lot of things on my mind". However, with the Oscars coming up quickly and no new host having been announced, people are wondering if Hart will be the host.

He echoed those sentiments on his radio show: 'I think that in the times that we're living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change.

Some on social media took offense with DeGeneres supporting Hart and the interview.

In a weekend Instagram post, Hart asked for the opportunity to learn from his comments and emphasized the importance of "growth" from past mistakes. "They have to LEARN and develop to be great at their job".

The controversy kicked off in early December when a series of homophobic tweets from Hart's past were unearthed.

"I called them [The Academy], I said, 'Kevin's on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?' And they were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host!"

Subsequently, he went on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where the host petitioned for Kevin to hold this year's Oscars.