After resigning from his post as host of the Oscars several weeks ago, Kevin Hart appeared on Ellen this past January 4. After opening up about his decision to step down, Degeneres made the unexpected step of fully supporting Hart and calling for his reinstatement.
Ellen Reveals She Called the Academy to Help Re-Hire Kevin Hart As Oscars Host youtu.be
During his interview on the show, Hart claimed he'd made many apologies for his offensive tweets in the decade since making them (though many doubt the validity of this claim).
Though the endorsement from Ellen (one of the most respected and well-liked LGBTQ voices in American entertainment) did reportedly get the Academy to reconsider Hart as host, a fresh wave of criticism has also emerged to speak out against Hart's previous "apologies."
One of Hart's critics is CNN host Don Lemon, who, on his show this past Friday, January 4, broke down why a proper apology is so important:
Don Lemon to Kevin Hart: Walking away right now is your choice youtu.be
Twitter thought Lemon's words were incredibly wise.
I’m so proud of you for this @donlemon. https://t.co/MYxtbsZndk— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1546667708.0
It is remarkable to see Kevin Hart do a media blitz to drive the false narrative that he is a victim in a controver… https://t.co/8fFRsA84mJ— Michael Arceneaux (@Michael Arceneaux)1546695224.0
Literally tearing up watching @donlemon’s thoughtful, piercing essay on @KevinHart4real, homophobia within the blac… https://t.co/uO6pyY1rOY— Clara Jeffery (@Clara Jeffery)1546663545.0
It's unclear whether the Academy will ask Hart once again to host the Oscars, but it's pretty obvious Twitter would have some strong feelings against it.
This morning I would encourage everyone to remember that Kevin Hart’s jokes aren’t of the garden variety mockery of… https://t.co/Vhs2VhA1RQ— Phillip Henry (@Phillip Henry)1546698596.0
This is so powerful and so moving. Thank you @donlemon. Especially in the black community, homophobia is not a jo… https://t.co/MP6NJaYVz0— Karen Attiah (@Karen Attiah)1546700850.0
We all make mistakes, but many believe Hart hasn't owned up for his in a truly sincere way.
In short, being human allows Kevin Hart to make mistakes, grow and seek forgiveness for his past. Perhaps he has gr… https://t.co/PzGMeNYy89— Phillip Henry (@Phillip Henry)1546700418.0
Hart addressed Lemon's segment on Instagram, writing about how the greats in many professions take time to learn.
Many online hoped to see an interview between Lemon and Hart at some point.
This is the interview we deserved and what’s even worse is that it’ll probably never happen. #KevinHart Don Lemon… https://t.co/LGJ1AFOW5S— Chris Glaittli (@Chris Glaittli)1546627011.0
Others felt Lemon was too harsh on the comedian.
@donlemon disappointed on your take on @KevinHart4real tonight. Who do you think you are to dissect his apology? He… https://t.co/Vm1ZVbwawe— Chris Wright (@Chris Wright)1546664371.0
But, for the most part, people seemed to agree Hart's actions would speak louder than words.
@Variety THIS— Jeff Locker 傑夫 ➰ (@Jeff Locker 傑夫 ➰)1546673987.0
Perhaps there's only one way to truly settle this...
@USATODAY Ok. Let’s settle this. Don Lemon and Ellen Degeneres in a cage match to the death. Winner decides the host of the Oscars.— Scott (@Scott)1546793600.0