Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the 91st Academy Awards amid controversy over his past homophobic tweets.
Sherri Shepherd, Rachel Lindsay and Dr. Ish Major all have different opinions about Kevin Hart stepping down as Oscars host after the comedian’s past homophobic tweets, dating back to 2009 and 2010, resurfaced.
We caught up with the TV personality, the former "Bachelorette" and the "Marriage Boot Camp" star Tuesday at a WEtv event in Los Angeles, where they told us how they felt about the ordeal.
Watch the interviews in the below video.
Shepherd said she "wished he hadn’t" stepped down, adding, "He doesn’t need to do the Oscars. I think the Oscars needed Kevin Hart." Overall, the former "The View" co-host felt Hart had sufficiently apologized for his past comments and said forgiveness was in order.
"I’m very disappointed in [the Academy] that nobody — to take the time to go through 10 years of tweets — not one person took the time to go and find an apology? Where’s forgiveness? Where’s the evolution of a person?" she said. "If you look at 10 years ago, he’s never done anything like that ever again, so I wish that they would’ve done that research as well."
Lindsay shared a similar but not identical viewpoint. She said she supports the way Hart handled the situation because she, like Shepherd, felt he had already made his amends.
"I think he should’ve done what he felt was necessary," she said. "It’s my understanding he’s apologized, but he didn’t feel like he should take certain things down. I feel like he felt he addressed it in the past. I don’t feel like you should be given an ultimatum to do things a certain way, and I feel like that’s where he was coming from. He made his apologies, and he felt that it was necessary for him to step down, but he wasn’t going to do something by someone twisting his hand. So I agree with the way he handled it."
Major took a different stance, telling us he "would have liked to see a formal, sincere apology" from Hart to the LGBTQ+ community.
"You thought what you thought then. Totally get it. People mature," he said. "But apologize. Apologize, and see if the community welcomes you back. And if they welcome you with open arms, great, move forward. If they don’t, take it as a lesson learned and do something to double your efforts to reinforce how much you’ve changed behind the spotlight, outside the camera."
"It was sad to see," he added. "But ultimately, the thing that’s supposed to happen, always does happen."
One day after announcing he had been selected to host the 91st Academy Awards telecast on February 24, 2019, Hart revealed that the Academy had issued him an ultimatum, demanding an apology for his past homophobic statements. In response, the comedian stepped down as host and issued an apology to the LGBTQ+ community — on his terms.
But that’s not all Shepherd told us Tuesday night. She also shared with us an insane story about how she almost vandalized the car of a "very famous comic" who stood her up. Plus, we got to pick Brandi Glanville’s brain about Lisa Vanderpump’s drama with the rest of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast. Caitlyn Jenner also revealed she still watches "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and gave us an update on the status of her relationship with her kids.
Check out our full coverage of WEtv’s "Real Love: Relationship Reality TV’s Past, Present & Future" red carpet and panel discussion below.
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