Kevin Hart will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday and it seems he has the endorsement of the daytime talk show host. This will be his first major TV appearance since his withdrawal last month from hosting the Oscars.
The Night School comedian was pushed to give up the hosting dream job after old homophobic tweets resurfaced hours after the Academy tapped their new emcee. The producers of the award ceremony wanted him to apologize or give up the gig. Hart opted to let the job go before curiously apologizing just as he was asked.
Ellen DeGeneres, who has hosted the Oscars twice, appears to be on Team Kevin. “I called the Academy today because I really want you to host the Oscars,” she said on the segment. Having one of the biggest openly gay comedians behind you will surely be a boost to the comedy mogul who recently completed a successful international stand-up tour.
Hart appears to still want the job and to have sincerely owned up to his growth. “I’ve yet to go back to that version of the immature comedian I once was,” he said. “I’ve moved on. I’m a grown man. I’m cultured. I’m a guy who understands now.”
It was previously reported that the interview would air on Monday, but DeGeneres tweeted today confirming it would air sooner than that. She also said, “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4Real.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 4, 2019
The interview comes as his drama The Upside hits theaters nationwide January 11. It’s worth noting that the Ellen crew blocked out the entire hour for Hart.
The Academy has yet to find a replacement to host the ceremony and rumors have swirled that they may consider multiple hosts or no host at all. Many, including us here at Laughspin, have suggested list after list of qualified candidates. Though speculating, it’s possible they’ve intended to invite him back all along once the initial outrage subsided.
DeGeneres claimed that the Academy is hoping the debacle was all just a misunderstanding. “We want him to host. Whatever we can do, we would be thrilled.” We will wait and see if the Oscars producers invite him back for what could be an acknowledgment that humans err and people can change and that 10-year-old tweets don’t always represent a person today.
However, after all of the drama and pain, would he even take the job if offered again? “I promise you I’m evaluating this conversation. It’s a conversation I needed to have,” Hart said. “Let me asses—just to sit in the space and really think. You and I will talk before anything else.”