A month after he stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars and apologized for several homophobic old tweets, Kevin Hart will make his first public remarks about the debacle in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that will air Friday.
“I had an incredible and honest conversation with @KevinHart4real about hosting the #Oscars,” DeGeneres announced Thursday night on Twitter. “It was supposed to air on Monday. I don’t want you to have to wait, so now it’s gonna air tomorrow.”
Hart was announced as host of the Academy Awards on Dec. 4, but soon faced an uproar over several old tweets in which he made homophobic jokes and comments. Hart, who previously addressed the tweets in 2015, at first refused an ultimatum from the Academy to apologize or quit.
But by the end of the day on Dec. 6 he apologized and quit. He hasn’t spoken about the matter since, and the Academy has yet to find a replacement host.
On Twitter, reaction was mixed, with many praising the interview, and others arguing with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” executive producer Andy Lassner over the news.
“I don’t want to live in a world where forgiveness & personal growth aren’t possible. I grew up using gay slurs with my friends,” Lassner said to one person. “I thought it was funny & harmless. I learned and evolved. I changed. Life is hard. We make terrible mistakes. And then we try and be better.”