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Kevin Hart might return as Oscar host after some encouragement from Ellen DeGeneres. Hart quit the hosting duties after a controversy surrounding old homophobic tweets. He apologized for those posts. Hart appeared on the Ellen show.
DeGeneres, who has hosted the Oscars before, said, "I called the academy today because I really want you to host the Oscars. I was so excited when I heard that they asked you. I thought it was an amazing thing. So I called them. I said, ‘I have no idea if he wants to come back and host but what are your thoughts?’”
DeGeneres said The Academy told her, "Oh my God, we want him to host. … We want him to host. Whatever we can do, we would be thrilled and he should host the Oscars.”