Kevin Hart ‘responds’ to Oscars backlash

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

In an Instagram post, Hart emphasized the importance of learning and growth. "You can't change without a understanding of what GROWTH means".

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday (January 4) where the chat-show urged him to rethink his decision not to host next month's ceremony, which is now host-less. #Message #LiveLoveLaugh.Please grasp this and use it in 2019, ' Hart concluded.

It read: "Basketball players aren't great until they LEARN how to play the game correctly". One of Hart's more prominent but also kindest critics has been Don Lemon.

"Kevin, if anything, this is the time to hear other people out, to understand why they might have been offended and I don't see any meaningful outreach to the LGBT community, not that I know of", Lemon said.

Further adding, "You have grown, you have apologised, you are apologising again right now".

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'To many they (apologies) seem insincere, and that he has somehow turned himself into a victim instead of acknowledging the real victims of violent and sometimes deadly homophobia, ' Lemon said. 'It's life or death'. Apparently, the Academy still wants Hart to host, telling DeGeneres that "maybe he misunderstood" and that they "would be thrilled" to have Hart back.

The comedian and actor chose to step down from hosting next month's ceremony following an online backlash over a series of homophobic tweets he posted 10 years ago.

The resumption of Oscars host talks for Hart inspired a terse response from leading LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

After his interview with Ellen it's now rumored that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may re-consider Hart as the Oscar host.

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