Ellen DeGeneres Urges Kevin Hart to Reconsider Hosting the Oscars After Twitter Scandal

The key parties involved in the annual Oscars telecast are open to the return of Kevin Hart as host if he wants the job, according to Variety. People have noticed that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have yet to choose a 2019 Oscars host following the exit of their first choice, Kevin Hart. But, according to Ellen DeGeneres, that’s because they’re waiting for him to return.

Hart stepped down from the Oscars hosting gig following outcry over anti-LGBT tweets that were resurfaced following his announcement as host. But following an interview with The Ellen Show host, Hart is apparently reconsidering.

During a lengthy interview on her syndicated talk show, DeGeneres, herself a two-time Oscar host, encouraged Hart to take back the hosting gig. She revealed on the show that she had called The Academy earlier that day to ask whether they would consider reinstating him as host, and apparently received a positive reaction.

Emboldened by DeGeneres’ support, Hart said that he would reconsider the hosting gig, which he exited a day after the Academy announced him as host, following the criticism that he received over his history of anti-LGBTQ comments and past allegations of domestic abuse.

Will the Academy hire Hart back for the job? That’s yet to be seen, though it is odd that they have not yet announced a new host. Meanwhile the Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22, 2019. The televised ceremony will follow on February 24, 2019.