Twitter users aren’t forgiving Ellen DeGeneres for forgiving Kevin Hart

Ellen DeGeneres went from trailblazer to firebrand today, with some fans feeling betrayed that she forgave Kevin Hart for his past homophobic comments and encouraged him to take back the 2019 Oscars hosting gig he gave up when those comments resurfaced in December — especially after his initial refusal to cough up any further apology.

Even more controversially, DeGeneres used the word “haters” to describe Hart’s critics during her interview with the comic on the January 4 episode of her talk show.

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“There are so many haters out there,” DeGeneres, a two-time Oscar host herself, told Hart. “Whatever’s going on on the internet, don’t pay attention to them. That’s a small group of people being very, very loud. We are a huge group of people who love you and want to see you host the Oscars … As a gay person, I’m sensitive to all of that. And I talked to you about this. And you have already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are killed for being gay or beaten up every day. You have grown. You have apologized. You are apologizing again right now. You’ve done it.”

But Twitter users weren’t having it. See their outrage and dismay in the tweets below:

For her part, DeGeneres seemingly addressed the backlash on Twitter later that same day, tweeting, “I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances. And I believe in @KevinHart4real.”

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In another tweet, she wrote, “In this conversation, @KevinHart4real was authentic and real, and I’m in his corner. #OscarsNeedHart”

And in a third: “However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to talk about it. Thank you for being here, @KevinHart4real.”

The 91st Academy Awards, which as of press time is still missing a host, airs on Sunday, February 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.