The Golden Globes Tore Apart The Oscars Drama With Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart promotes the movie The Upside in Hollywood Oct. 30 2018

"Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community". I'm sorry.' But then they go, 'But you didn't say it right.

Ellen revealed she had spoken to Academy bosses and asked Kevin if he would consider returning to host, a conversation that sparked a backlash from members of the gay community, including top USA newsman Don Lemon, who said the star had failed to atone sufficiently for his past remarks. Rather than apologizing, which Hart claimed he did after the tweets were posted nearly nine years ago, he made a decision to turn down the gig instead.

"I did ask Kevin, by the way, to come onto the show to talk multiple times, many times during our conversations texting him, but he said he's not interested", Lemon said.

After spending time debating the answer to that question, Hart concluded by saying, "I think that in the times that we're living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change". "If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that's the fight", he said. Isn't that what the LGBT community wants? "I understand you. But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change". "Trust me when I tell you that you have to hear this".

"Ultimately, Hart felt his hosting would become a distraction, a continuing controversial narrative that would take the spotlight off the people and movies being honored".

Hart added that with his standup and comedy act, he would also make sure he doesn't say or do anything offensive towards the community. We feel like maybe he was misunderstood or it was handled wrong or we said the wrong thing.

DeGeneres' words were met with criticism online, with many accusing her of giving Hart's homophobic comments a pass. He wants us to accept him.

And someone like a Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the world, can be a leader, the ultimate change agent.

"I feel like if you're not homophobic anymore, you shouldn't mind apologizing for your past homophobia again", one Twitter user wrote.

The comedian stepped down from hosting the Oscars last month after coming under heat for failing to apologize for resurfaced tweets dated from 2009 to 2011 in which the comedian spewed blatant anti-gay rhetoric.