In his later apology, Hart said, "I [do] not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many awesome talented artists".
"When I was given that ultimatum, this is now becoming like a cloud".
Soon after, the Academy wanted Hart to apologize or step away from the Oscars, and he chose the latter.
Despite everything - possible previous apologies, headlines he thinks are misleading and the thought that comedians are "risk-takers" - Hart did tell the magazine that he's "sorry" for the tweets themselves. However, thanks to a trip to the Ellen Show, he might change his mind.
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"It's 10 years old". Moreover, Hart's indignant response felt as though maybe he wasn't actually remorseful, or that he didn't think it was that big of a deal. Instead, it demanded he apologize for the old comments.
Hart added: "Either my apology is accepted or it isn't".
On December 7, Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars and issued an apology on Twitter: "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past". "I'm the wrong guy, man". If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. "She will ask him, have him clear the air and we can all put this past us".
DeGeneres used the hashtag #OscarsNeedHart while promoting the coming interview, implying that the Oscars needed Hart to return to his hosting duties. Once again, I'm sorry these words hurt.
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During the conversation with Ellen DeGeneres, meanwhile, Hart said, "I know I don't have a homophobic bone in my body" and described the initial resurfacing of his tweets from 2009 and 2010 as a "malicious attack on my character".
The talk show host revealed during the segment that she herself reached out to the Motion Picture Academy to advocate for Hart to be reinstated, which many fans criticized on social media earlier Friday. I'm glad that I had it here, and I'm glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be.
At the end of the interview, Hart said he was "evaluating this conversation" in relation to whether he would consider hosting the Oscars. Now, Ellen DeGeneres is campaigning to get him back on the stage but not without pushback from the LGBTQ community.
"Rather than giving him free rein to speak and labelling his critics as 'haters, ' DeGeneres, with her decades of experience, could have steered the discussion in a more productive direction", Staples added. "If he was asked back as host it would be because he has now done so".
Look, I love the Oscars. That's yet to be seen, though it is odd that they have not yet announced a new host.More news: OH police agencies send condolences after hilarious tweet about doughnut truck fire