Ellen DeGeneres Faces Backlash After Forgiving Kevin Hart For Homophobic Past: “I’m In His Corner” [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Ellen DeGeneres’ attempts to play peacemaker between The Academy and Kevin Hart has engendered a social media backlash. Hart, who stood down as Oscars host after the resurfacing of past homophobic tweets, taped an interview with DeGeneres on Thursday that was originally due to air on Monday, but the producers of Ellen deemed it newsworthy enough to shift it to Friday with clips released on Thursday night.

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. “As a gay person. I am sensitive to all of that. You’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day,” said DeGeneres.

CBS News reports:

Hart said he felt under attack and did not want to be the center of attention at the ceremony. After Hart’s apology, DeGeneres revealed she called the Academy.

“I called them, I said ‘Kevin’s on. I have no idea if he wants to come back and host. What are your thoughts?’ And they were like, ‘oh my God, we want him to host. We feel like maybe he was misunderstood or it was handled wrong or we said the wrong thing. But we want him to host.Wwhatever we can do we would be thrilled and he should host the Oscars'”

DeGeneress told Hart he should take the job, to prevent his critics from winning. He said he would think about it.