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Kevin Hart Responds to Oscar Controversy, Ellen DeGeneres Backlash

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A new report suggests that the continued spotlight on Kevin Hart’s past homophobic tweets, and the negative reaction to his recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres has left the Academy once again in search of a new host for the upcoming February 24 ceremony.

That’s according to Deadline, which notes that the “situation is still fluid and he could possibly change his mind, [but] this looks like his final answer.”

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Hart pledged to reconsider the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ renewed invitation to host the Oscars, following an Ellen appearance in which the talk-show host was revealed to have lobbied on his behalf. Over the weekend, Hart seemingly dug in on that possibility with an Instagram post reading, “When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge. You can’t change without a understanding of what GROWTH means.”

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Hart’s lack of convincing apology also earned an address from CNN’s Don Lemon, who urged the comedian to commit more deeply to being an LGBTQ ally.