The job of Oscars host has been vacant since Kevin Hart stepped down almost a month ago, after his years-old anti-gay tweets resurfaced. Due to the efforts of Ellen DeGeneres, herself a former Academy Awards emcee, Hart’s replacement as Oscars host may very well be … Hart himself.
During an interview with Hart on her talk show today, in which the duo discussed last month’s controversy that led to his Oscar exit, DeGeneres revealed that she reached out to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to vouch for Hart and lobby for his return as host.
Considering that Hart had chosen to step down as Oscar host rather than apologize for his past tweets, his interview with DeGeneres could open the door for his return to the role.
Among those tweets, Hart wrote in 2011, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.’” In 2010, he tweeted that someone’s pro-life picture seemed “like a gay bill board for AIDS.”
Hart, who has a substantial presence on social media, tweeted amid the blowback for those tweets that he was stepping down as host because he didn’t want to be a distraction to the awards ceremony. It was the same story he told while appearing on DeGeneres’ daytime talk show, according to previews DeGeneres posted online ahead of the episode’s broadcast.