Transcript for Ellen DeGeneres supports Kevin Hart as Oscar host
how it was a dream, so 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? They were like, oh, my god, we want him to host. We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or 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. Okay, so the audience thought that was good but there's a backlash on social media from people who think she's betraying the gay communiing with him. Wow. What does my panel think of that? Look, I don't know that she's -- I think that she's speaking for herself, right? A lot of times when you speak, when you're Latina or this or that, people get mad because they think you're representing. I think Ellen degenerous wants to see Kevin host the oscars. A lot of people say he should host the oscars. It could be a teaching moment. If people are going to evolve, what's the point of evolving if you're not going to move on, and frankly, the oscars are what? Next month and they don't even have a host yet. Who's going to host, a rumba? I have a list of people who can host. It reminds me of when Kavanaugh got into the supreme court and it's like is he the only one that we can possibly find in this great country to do that job? It's similar to that. Isn't that the problem that you have people that don't want to do the job. The oscars, other than the super bowl, one of the biggest TV events of the year. Why don't they want to do it? Because of things like this. What does it take to be forgiven? I thought his apology after all this broke was sort of a nonapology. I think Ellen has a platform and she should be able to speak her mind. I just watched her stand-up special on Netflix and in it she talks about coming out and how hard it was because she ultimately ended up having her show cancelled and she makes a joke about how other people in Hollywood were -- I think she called them groundhogs, like coming up and looking down to see if it's safe to come out. She knows better than anyone how hard it was. One of Kevin hart's tweets was about if his son were gay he would beat him up, something along that nature. I think he needs to come out and say that is wrong, ignorant. We have people killing themselves and committed suicide. He hasn't said that? He hasn't said that. Being lgbt in places like where I'm from in Arizona isn't easy. Go out there and make it a teachable moment. By the way, as you know, I'm not into mob mentalities, whatever. Just say I'm really sorry and I would like to take this opportunity and this platform to use it. For me, Kevin hart's apology hasn't really come up to snuff yet. A friend of mine who's a movie critic told me that in his latest movie "Night school" there were a lot of homophobic jokes as well. I was disappointed when I learned about all these homophobic slurs that he had made, especially as a black man, as a person of color, the black community has so targeted by bias and racism and prejudice for so long that you would think he would be an ally to the lgbt community, because as targeted people, we have to be allies to other targeted people. So that was very disappointing to me. But my understanding is that he has apologized and that he has evolved in his position and I do wonder, like Abby, when is a person allowed to evolve, when is a person allowed to become an ally. I think he should be allowed to become an ally, and I would like to see him become the host of the oscars and use that opportunity on a big scale to become that ally. And I hope that he's allowed that opportunity. The tradition of the oscars has always been, in my memory, starting from when I was a kid and Bob Hope was doing it, was that it was a comedian sort of, you know, a funny person who was in the movies. Yeah. Right? So how about Tiffany haddish, Steve martin, martin short, will Ferrell, Al Franken. Not him. First of all, he's not been in the movies. Adam Sandler, Melissa Mccarthy, Tina fey, Amy Poehler. If they find issue with them -- Tiffany haddish has had problematic tweets in her past. We talked about this on the show. I bet you could find something with every single person. I will say the president of glad, Sarah Kate, echoed what you said, that Kevin hart shouldn't have stepped down but stepped up. She wanted his apology to be a step forward. I'm not against him using the platform as long as he comes out and says learn from our mistakes, grow. I think people can evolve and I am against mob mentaliies but for me -- I haven't seen the full interview but if he comes out vociferously apologizing, everybody deserves a second chance. If anyone knows what it's like, watch Ellen's stand-up. I thought it was hysterical. She talks about the early years and how so many people told her she would never make it on television, her daytime show would never succeed. She's now celebrating 20 years. They tell that to every woman. You'll never make it. Ellen tweeted yesterday, she said I believe in forgiveness, I believe in second chances, and I think in Kevin hart, which I
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