Kevin Hart may still be hosting the Oscars.
According to Variety, Hart told Ellen DeGeneres that he is reconsidering his decision last month to step down as host of the 91st Academy Awards
Even DeGeneres revealed that the Academy still wants Hart to take the reigns come Oscar night.
“We want him to host, we feel like maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong, or maybe we said the wrong thing,” DeGeneres said she was told. “But we want him to host. Whatever we can do, we want him to host.”
Hart was forced to step down after old tweets of his surfaced and he was accused of being homophobic. Initially, the comic refused to apologize, but once stepped down he offered up an apology to the LGBTQ community.
“It’s now becoming a cloud,” he told her.
“It was once the brightest star and the brightest light ever, and it just got real dark. The Oscars is no longer about Kevin Hart on that stage and taking an intense night and making it loose and fun. Now, it’s a little darker, because the conversation isn’t about me hosting the Oscars, it’s about Kevin Hart’s tweet from ten years ago and homophobia. I don’t want to make that night about me and my past when you have people who worked hard and stepped on that stage and received an award. I’m taking away from those moments because the night is focused on something else now. Because I saw it like that, I would much rather step down and apologize again.”
Hart wasn't completely closed to the opportunity.
“Leaving here I promise you I’m evaluating this conversation,” Hart told DeGeneres. “This is a conversation I needed to have, I’m glad I had it here. I’m glad it’s as authentic and real as I could’ve hoped it would be.”
“What we’re going to get to see on stage with you hosting the Oscars is sophistication, class, hilarity and you growing as a person,” DeGeneres told him. “Because most people would say, ‘I’m walking away … ’ For you to be the bigger man, for you to say I understand …and to not pay attention. There are so many haters out there. Whatever is going on in the internet, don’t pay attention to them. That’s a small group of peopel being very, very loud. We are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you how the Oscars.”
The interview will air on the Friday, Jan. 4. episode of Ellen.