Ellen Degeneres Defends Kevin Hart Against The Oscars, Faces Backlash

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, says he is "evaluating" reprising his role as the 2019 Oscars host after DeGeneres called the Academy to vouch for him. "I called them, 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! We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong. Maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled. And he should host the Oscars.'" Check out the video and the backlash below and read more on the story here.

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