Ellen DeGeneres revealed to Kevin Hart that she not only wants him to ignore the "haters" and host next month's Oscars, but went as far as contacting the motion picture academy herself to help him win back the job.
Hart stepped down from the gig in December in the wake of backlash for homophobic tweets he wrote nearly a decade ago that resurfaced online.
In an interview with Hart set to air on her daytime talk show Friday, DeGeneres said she told the Academy, "I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts? And they were like, 'Oh my God, we want him to host. We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled.'"
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the Academy Awards, did not immediately respond to NBC News for comment about who would host.
But Hart told DeGeneres he would reevaluate whether he would take the job again and that she "put a lot of things on my mind."
While the "Night School" star noted he was sorry for his past tweets, he also explained why he had to defend himself last month — alluding to an Instagram post in which he told people to "stop looking for reasons to be negative." The post stoked further outrage.
But Hart told DeGeneres that he didn't think the resurfacing of the older tweets was an accident.
In his past tweets, Hart wrote that he wouldn't want his son playing with his daughter's dollhouse — "I'm going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice 'stop that's gay'" — and in another said someone resembled a "gay bill board for AIDS."
DeGeneres said that she believes Hart is ultimately contrite, and that as a member of the LGBTQ community, she understands that he was coming from an uneducated place.
The preview of the interview, however, has been criticized by some social media users who think DeGeneres is giving Hart a pass and took offense that she referred to those who spoke out against him as "haters."
The award show will be held on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET and airs on ABC.
Ellen still wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars
(CNN)Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is campaigning hard for Kevin Hart to take back his spot hosting this year's Oscars.
Reports: Former five-star quarterback Justin Fields transferring to Ohio State
Fields was the No. 2 player in the 2018 class
The move had been rumored since it became public that Fields would be transferring from Georgia following his freshman season. Fields will be enrolling at Ohio State for the spring semester, which will allow him to participate with the team in their offseason program and during spring practice this year. Oklahoma, Florida State and UCLA were reportedly also being considered by the former five-star prospect.
What may have given Ohio State the edge was Fields' relationship with current Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Both players train with Quincy Avery, a QB coach based out of Atlanta.
Fields was the No. 2 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings, finishing behind current Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. He did not win the starting job in Athens, however, as Jake Fromm held on to the position all season long. Fields did see some time, however, appearing in 12 games. He threw 39 passes, completing 69.2 percent of them for 328 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also displayed his abilities as a rusher, carrying the ball 42 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns. With Fromm returning for another season, Fields would have had a difficult time supplanting him from his starting role, and rather than wait another year, he decided to look for greener pastures elsewhere.
Of course, nothing will be guaranteed to him at Ohio State, either. Haskins has yet to publicly announce his plans for 2019, though most expect he'll enter the NFL Draft. That would leave Tate Martell as the likely favorite to land the starting role for Ohio State in 2019, especially since Fields will likely have to sit out the 2019 season due to transfer rules. Odds are Fields will appeal that ruling, but there's no way to know if he'll win the case. Ohio State also has Matthew Baldwin, who was a four-star QB in its 2018 class who redshirted this season.
Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is expected to make his transfer to Ohio State official as early as today, according to a published report.
According to Letterman Row, Fields is expected on the Columbus, Ohio, campus Friday to move in ahead of the resumption of classes. The move would clear the way for him to participate in the offseason program and spring practice.
Fields, who informed Georgia coaches following the SEC Championship Game he would explore a transfer, has been in communication with Ohio State throughout the exploratory transfer process.
Ohio State had long been rumored to be the front-runner to land Fields. His decision could be tied to Buckeyes starter’s Dwayne Haskins impending decision to head to the NFL. (Fields and Haskins train with Atlanta-based quarterbacks coach Quincy Avery.)
Ohio State’s self-annointed-quarterback-in-waiting Tate Martell has been a vocal objector to Fields joining the Buckeyes.
Fields, a celebrated 5-star prospect from Kennesaw, played in 13 of 15 games for the Bulldogs this season. He did not appear in the Sugar Bowl.
Fields was 27-of-39 passing for 328 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his 13 appearances, and he also rushed 42 times for 266 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs are still expected to have some depth behind starter Jake Fromm.
Georgia added two quarterbacks during the early signing period: former walk-on Stetson Bennett was one; former Ohio State rercuit Dwan Mathis was the other. Mathis flipped his commitment after the Bulldogs staff reached out three days before the early signing day. John Rhys Plumlee, a 4-star recruit, is expected to enroll this summer.
After making her debut on this year’s massive DC Comics crossover event on The CW, Ruby Rose will officially break new ground in the genre as the first openly lesbian superhero to lead her own TV show.
The CW has officially greenlit a pilot order for “Batwoman” starring Rose as the titular hero, otherwise known as Kate Kane. The series will be led by showrunner and writer Caroline Dries of “The Vampire Diaries” fame and will be executive produced by the network’s DC Comics guru Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter. David Nutter, known for his Emmy-winning work on “Game of Thrones” will direct the pilot.
As previously reported, Rose was cast as Batwoman in August, much to the dismay of some on social media. She would appear in The CW’s annual crossover event for superhero shows “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” The guest role worked for fans and the network moved forward with a standalone series, which will join the trio as well as “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Black Lightning” in the network’s pantheon of DC Comics-based superhero shows.
The network released an official synopsis for the upcoming pilot.
“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane [Rose] soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence. But don't call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope."
It was established in the crossover event in December that this universe’s version of Gotham City fell to chaos after Kane’s cousin, Bruce Wayne, left on a mysterious journey. The shared-universe features many LGBTQ characters, but Rose is the first openly gay hero to lead a show all her own.
“The Bat is out of the bag and I am beyond thrilled and honored. I’m also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different,” Rose said at the time of her casting. “Thank you everyone. Thank you god.”
You can see Batwoman's debut in the video below:
As reported by EW, this pilot pickup order follows the DC crossover event that introduced Ruby Rose’s Batwoman and took place in three parts across The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.
Rose’s version of Kate Kane is an openly gay superhero ready to rock and roll…but with her own personal battles to fight before she can truly focus on being a hero to anyone else.
She made her biggest splash during the Arrow episode of the crossover event (night two if fans are keeping track), as she picked up Bruce Wayne’s slack in pretty much every way in GothamEW also has the official description of the series, which is as follows;
“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (star Ruby Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
This pilot is The CW’s first official order of the season — but look for more superheroes from Berlanti coming down the pike as TV’s busiest geek continues pushing for more genre content. The CW will be re-airing the crossover event beginning on Jan. 7.
Britney Spears postpones Las Vegas show after father 'nearly died'
Britney Spears announced Friday she's indefinitely postponing her new Las Vegas residency show, "Domination," because her father, Jamie Spears, has been so ill with a ruptured colon he almost died.
In a series of tweets, she said she was heartbroken about what's happened.
"I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say," her first tweet opened. "I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart."
She also posted about her father on her Instagram page.
Spears' representative, Jeff Raymond, said Jamie Spears became ill two months ago and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
"His colon spontaneously ruptured and he was immediately admitted into surgery," Raymond said in a statement to USA TODAY. "(He) spent the next 28 days in the hospital under the care of the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital, who the Spears family credits with saving his life.
"After a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery."
The Grammy-winning Spears announced her new Vegas residency in October, and had planned to perform 32 shows at the Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February.
Her new residency poster was projected onto the side of the Park MGM, paired with some of her greatest hits, including "Toxic," "...Baby One More Time," "Slave 4 U" and "Circus."
Her success as an artist and performer mirrors her success at stabilizing her personal life and mental health, after suffering a public breakdown in 2008 that put her on an involuntary psychiatric hold at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Before that, there were public breakups, one quickie marriage later annulled, a second marriage that later led to a toxic divorce, two kids, a custody battle, one shambolic reality TV show, and a split from a longtime manager. At one chaotic point in her life, she was photographed shaving her own head at a Los Angeles hair salon.
But over the last decade under her father's supervision, along with lawyer Andrew Wallet, Spears has stabilized, and her career has boomed.
Since 2008, she's released multiple albums, done two world tours, been a mentor on "The X Factor" for a reported $15 million payout, joined the new era of Las Vegas residencies, and renewed her contract with RCA Records.
Plus, her empire, including perfume and a lingerie line in her name, continues to grow.
And she's still one of those polite celebrities, careful to say thank you to fans.
"I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always," she signed off in her final tweet.
Eminem‘s little girl is all grown up, and she’s showing off her bikini body to prove it.
Hailie Scott Mathers may have been keeping her life relatively under wraps, but after graduating college in 2018 the 23-year-old hasn’t been so private. Instead, she’s keeping her more than 1 million followers on Instagram up to date with her luxurious life, which recently brought her to Australia where she rocked a teeny black bikini.Mathers posted a throwback photo from her trip to Wolgan Valley writing, “I don’t think I’ll ever stop posting about this place.” And from the looks of the comments, people wouldn’t mind if she didn’t.
“Not gonna get tired of it,” someone wrote. While a host of others commented on Mathers’s abs. “Wow!! Perfect body for a perfect place.”
But, it’s not the first time that the rapper’s daughter flaunted her fit figure. In fact, Mathers regularly posts about her workout routine on the social media account and even has a highlight where she’s aggregated all of her fitness content. Her feed is also full of fashion pictures, including one from her recent birthday.The Christmas baby celebrated her birthday early with friends and family before later wishing followers a happy holiday.
Looks like Eminem’s offspring may just be the fitness and fashion influencer we’ve all been waiting for.
Hailie Scott Mathers, daughter of Detroit trailer park rapper Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, is doing remarkably well considering nearly two decades ago her father rapped about murdering her mom, Kimberly Scott.
In spite of her father’s fame and the songs he wrote about her, Hailie, now 23, has long managed to avoid the spotlight, instead focusing on school and eventually graduating from Michigan State University, where she studied psychology.
But all of that is about to change.
Hailie has also garnered some 1.3 million followers on Instagram, where she posts about her travels, lifestyle and long-term boyfriend Evan McClintock. Her growing online profile has some wags hailing her as a new beauty, fitness and fashion influencer.
High school sweethearts Eminem, now 45, and Scott gave birth to Hailie in 1995, and married in 1999 — in spite of ongoing relationship issues made evident by Eminem’s music. He would eventually gain full custody of Hailie when he and Scott divorced two years later. After a brief reconciliation in 2006, Eminem would go on to adopt Whitney, his ex-wife’s daughter from a previous relationship, and later assume guardianship of her niece Alaina in 2016.
A year later, Eminem released the song “Castle” as an apology to his daughter and Scott for publicizing their private lives.
In an interview with DailyMail earlier this year, Hailie says she is “really close” with her father. Her Instagram often shows her enjoying music festivals where her pops is performing — and he infamously defended his baby girl’s honor when rapper Machine Gun Kelly dubbed her “hot as f---” earlier this year.
While she remains relatively private, her social media depicts a life filled with workouts, music, style and her dog, Lottie. Of her career, Hailie says, “It’s kind of up in the air.”