Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wants to see Kevin Hart host the Academy Awards. The popular TV personality has come to Hart’s defense amid his recent decision not to take over the Oscars over past anti-gay Twitter remarks.

Ellen went to Twitter this week to speak up for Hart following their Q&A on her talk show.

Despite the heartfelt words and Kevin addressing the situation on her show, social media hit DeGeneres with backlash.

In early December, Kevin announced his decision to step down from hosting the Oscars amid the Academy’s demand for him to apologize for his past tweets.

Prior to the tweets, Hart announced he would not step down from hosting the ceremony.

“Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past, then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.”

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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

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