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Chance The Rapper, Post Malone Denounce R. Kelly

Chicago wordsmith/philanthropist Chance The Rapper and Syracuse rhyme spitter Post Malone are among the latest of artists and celebrities who have chosen to distance themselves from disgraced singer R. Kelly following the shocking documentary, which revealed Kelly as a vicious predator.

Following the Surviving R. Kelly debacle, several artists including Lady Gaga and the Pussycat Dolls, pulled their collaborations with Kelly from their catalogs, with Chance and Post as the latest among Hip Hop circles.

Chance the Rapper has revealed he is pulling his song “Somewhere in Paradise” with R. Kelly from all streaming services, while Malone said that he was riding with the victims and all of the other courageous artists that pulled their collabos.

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Co-Writer Neal Brennan Defends Chappelle’s Show Against An Era Of Cancel-Culture

Chapelle’s Show is responsible for some of the most cutting-edge comedy on television of all-time. In the early 2000s, Dave Chappelle’s sketch series was groundbreaking, provocative, and in some ways prophetic to social issues that followed.

Comedian Neal Brennan wrote and directed many of the show’s most memorable episodes. In his latest appearance on The Breakfast Club, he explained the state of comedy, especially in an era of cancel-culture. Thirty seconds into the interview, Charlamagne Tha God mentions that he, like many personalities in the public eye, has faced backlash for old content, especially on social media. In the wake of this month’s Surviving R. Kelly, Charlamagne asks Neal, who co-wrote the “Pee On You” satire of R. Kelly’s real-life accusations, about how such comedy intersects with real-life. Charlamagne adds that one of R. Kelly’s real-life accusers, Lisa Van Allen, recently told The Breakfast Club that humor like that made her trauma seem less serious.

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At 1:00, Brennan responds, “Alright, I got a lot of thoughts about this: first of all, I don’t think people understand what comedy is supposed to do. We will observe things; we’ll make fun of things. [This] advocacy is a new thing. Like the idea of ‘go on this website and do blank.’ Did people want [Chappelle’s Show] to round up a posse and go arrest R. Kelly? Like, what were we supposed to do? Like, Charlie Chaplin made a movie called The Great Dictator, which was about [Adolf] Hitler. It made fun of Hitler; we made fun of R. Kelly. The idea that we normalized it…R. Kelly wanted to fight Dave [Chappelle]. He literally stepped—his goons stepped to Dave in Chicago, and Dave’s goons intervened, and the goons negotiated.” The comment brings laughter among the hosts and Neal, who says the incident took place in 2003, and he was not present.

“We also did a white supremacist sketch; I don’t think we normalized white supremacy,” continues Neal. “Our job is to poke fun at things, and even if it’s bleak, we still poke fun at it. We were trying to humiliate a guy who was known for peeing [on underage women]. It’s insane…we’re not law enforcement. Our job is to mock; we’re equal opportunity offenders.”

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Angela Yee asks if that sketch would work to debut after something like Surviving R. Kelly. “I don’t think so, and I don’t know.” He explains that the idea of applying past jokes or points to today’s standards does not apply. “The morals are different. Bernie Mac did a joke about beating his nephew to the white meat. Was he espousing child abuse? I guess, if you want to take the worst possible interpretation of any of these things, I guess Bernie was espousing child abuse. If you want; I don’t believe he was. But you could make an argument, and you’d get support, and maybe get a hashtag to cancel Bernie ’cause he said ‘beat somebody to the white meat.’”

Neal adds that in another sketch, making light of Black celebrities—including R. Kelly—on trial, a humorous defense argument from the sketch would be mirrored in the real-life late 2000s deliberations. “We did a sketch-comedy defense, and then R. Kelly’s lawyers kinda plead the same thing, and won. [People I told recently were] like, ‘Are you bragging?’ I’m like, ‘What kind of a maniac would brag about getting a pedophile off [trial]?’ No, I’m not bragging! I’m pointing out the absurdity that we pitch something as absurd comedy that then became reality.” Brennan blames the attack on comedy as what he calls “bad faith interpretations.”

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Moments later, the Half Baked co-writer continues, “It’s like the advocacy part of comedy, I think that’s a new thing…people will just take [an interview] and they’ll literally [interpret something I said negatively]. It’s its own genre of entertainment now, this ‘gotcha’ thing. There’s no redemption. Kevin Hart has to just keep apologizing to everyone he meets,” referring to a series of apologies from his peer. “Where do you think this is headed? We can all get caught, for everything.”

At 14:00, Charlamagne asks, “How did we go from In Living Color, the Chappelle show, to where we are now? It’s like we went backward.” Neal responds, “I think in its essence it’s not bad. I’m not opposed to [LBGTQ] rights, and women to feel safer, there’s all of these things…I just wish there was a level of humanity to it.” He and Charlamagne agree that attending a comedy show historically meant that you might get made fun of, but so would other groups.

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While at The Breakfast Club, Brennan also discusses his new Netflix’s special, Comedians Of The World.

Chapelle’s Show is responsible for some of the most cutting-edge comedy on television of all-time. In the early 2000s, Dave Chappelle’s sketch series was groundbreaking, provocative, and in some ways prophetic to social issues that followed.

Comedian Neal Brennan wrote and directed many of the show’s most memorable episodes. In his latest appearance on The Breakfast Club, he explained the state of comedy, especially in an era of cancel-culture. Thirty seconds into the interview, Charlamagne Tha God mentions that he, like many personalities in the public eye, has faced backlash for old content, especially on social media. In the wake of this month’s Surviving R. Kelly, Charlamagne asks Neal, who co-wrote the “Pee On You” satire of R. Kelly’s real-life accusations, about how such comedy intersects with real-life. Charlamagne adds that one of R. Kelly’s real-life accusers, Lisa Van Allen, recently told The Breakfast Club that humor like that made her trauma seem less serious.

Aaron McGruder Discusses The Boondocks Being Ahead Of Its Time

At 1:00, Brennan responds, “Alright, I got a lot of thoughts about this: first of all, I don’t think people understand what comedy is supposed to do. We will observe things; we’ll make fun of things. [This] advocacy is a new thing. Like the idea of ‘go on this website and do blank.’ Did people want [Chappelle’s Show] to round up a posse and go arrest R. Kelly? Like, what were we supposed to do? Like, Charlie Chaplin made a movie called The Great Dictator, which was about [Adolf] Hitler. It made fun of Hitler; we made fun of R. Kelly. The idea that we normalized it…R. Kelly wanted to fight Dave [Chappelle]. He literally stepped—his goons stepped to Dave in Chicago, and Dave’s goons intervened, and the goons negotiated.” The comment brings laughter among the hosts and Neal, who says the incident took place in 2003, and he was not present.

“We also did a white supremacist sketch; I don’t think we normalized white supremacy,” continues Neal. “Our job is to poke fun at things, and even if it’s bleak, we still poke fun at it. We were trying to humiliate a guy who was known for peeing [on underage women]. It’s insane…we’re not law enforcement. Our job is to mock; we’re equal opportunity offenders.”

Kevin Hart Apologizes To Native Americans For Throwing A Cowboys & Indians Party

Angela Yee asks if that sketch would work to debut after something like Surviving R. Kelly. “I don’t think so, and I don’t know.” He explains that the idea of applying past jokes or points to today’s standards does not apply. “The morals are different. Bernie Mac did a joke about beating his nephew to the white meat. Was he espousing child abuse? I guess, if you want to take the worst possible interpretation of any of these things, I guess Bernie was espousing child abuse. If you want; I don’t believe he was. But you could make an argument, and you’d get support, and maybe get a hashtag to cancel Bernie ’cause he said ‘beat somebody to the white meat.’”

Neal adds that in another sketch, making light of Black celebrities—including R. Kelly—on trial, a humorous defense argument from the sketch would be mirrored in the real-life late 2000s deliberations. “We did a sketch-comedy defense, and then R. Kelly’s lawyers kinda plead the same thing, and won. [People I told recently were] like, ‘Are you bragging?’ I’m like, ‘What kind of a maniac would brag about getting a pedophile off [trial]?’ No, I’m not bragging! I’m pointing out the absurdity that we pitch something as absurd comedy that then became reality.” Brennan blames the attack on comedy as what he calls “bad faith interpretations.”

Dave Chappelle Has A Serious Conversation About Living A Happy Life (Video)

Moments later, the Half Baked co-writer continues, “It’s like the advocacy part of comedy, I think that’s a new thing…people will just take [an interview] and they’ll literally [interpret something I said negatively]. It’s its own genre of entertainment now, this ‘gotcha’ thing. There’s no redemption. Kevin Hart has to just keep apologizing to everyone he meets,” referring to a series of apologies from his peer. “Where do you think this is headed? We can all get caught, for everything.”

At 14:00, Charlamagne asks, “How did we go from In Living Color, the Chappelle show, to where we are now? It’s like we went backward.” Neal responds, “I think in its essence it’s not bad. I’m not opposed to [LBGTQ] rights, and women to feel safer, there’s all of these things…I just wish there was a level of humanity to it.” He and Charlamagne agree that attending a comedy show historically meant that you might get made fun of, but so would other groups.

“Game, Blouses:” The Real Story Behind Dave Chappelle’s Prince Basketball Skit

While at The Breakfast Club, Brennan also discusses his new Netflix’s special, Comedians Of The World.

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DMX Wants to Return to Iyanla Vanzant’s ‘Fix My Life’

Back in 2013 DMX stormed off set of Iyanla Vanzant’s Fix My Life. Things escalated very quickly and the rapper told Vanzant “shut the f–k up.” But surprisingly, he wants a re-do, as per Page Six.

“Earl — that’s what I call him — wrote us again,” Vanzant told Page Six. “The last thing I said to [him] was, ‘You will never have the opportunity to speak to me again.’ But that was before I realized that I failed him.”

The troubled rapper is going to be released on January 27th following a 10-month stint for tax evasion. On the infamous episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life a strung out DMX flipped out when his son Xavier approached him about his drug use.

He later told TMZ, “Iyanla set the whole thing up to make me look bad for ratings,” adding, “That lady is toxic … My last words to her were that she can suck my d–k and she still can.”

But it looks like he has a change of heart ahead of the upcoming new season. Vanzant exclusively told Page Six, “I failed him by not following the Holy Spirit to do what I’m supposed to do … I did what [the show’s] production [team] wanted. I had a very clear path for every single guest.”

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Aaron McGruder Discusses The Boondocks Being Ahead Of Its Time

Since broadcasting earlier this month, Surviving R. Kelly has many people re-examining their position on the onetime R&B superstar. This month’s six-part documentary on Lifetime details the accusations against the 52-year-old by alleged victims. These include claims of sex with underage girls and graphic accounts of abuse and predatory tactics used against women. The documentary also looks at Kelly’s trials, where he was not found guilty of the crimes including child pornography. The series also compiled interviews with many music journalists and colleagues, who opine on why Kelly has not only avoided conviction in court, but remained a force in music and popular culture.

In Surviving R. Kelly, Chance The Rapper declares regret for collaborating with Kelly in the wake of these charges. Lady Gaga apologized for her sexually-themed collaboration, Nick Cannon, Kelly’s former Jive Records label-mate, also expressed regret for working with Robert, while recalling working on a video set with Kelly as some of his charges surfaced.

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One of the more notable discussions on the topic of Kelly surfaced online earlier this week, as television and film critic Aisha Harris penned a The New York Times piece (“R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored The Warning Signs”) detailing how two shows tackled R. Kelly’s 2002 child pornography allegations with humor. These satires aired in 2003 and 2005, respectively: Chappelle’s Show spoof music video, “(I Wanna) Pee on You,” and The Boondocks‘ mock-trial episode, “The Trial of R. Kelly.”

This episode featured “Riley” defending R. Kelly, with lines referencing the leaked pornographic film. “I’ve seen that girl! She ain’t little. I’m little.” Harris quotes the material in her NYT essay.

Creator and writer of The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder, recently caught wind of his “The Trial of R. Kelly” episode going viral. This was thanks to multiple tweets from fans who ripped the episode’s final scene, in which the 10-year-old “Huey” yells at the trial’s jury for ignoring Kelly’s allegations for the sake of upholding him as a talented artist and singer.

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“What the hell is wrong with you people?” “Huey” angrily asks the jury, as they dance along to a song played by Kelly’s lawyer to prove his innocence. “… Every famous ni**a that gets arrested is not Nelson Mandela. … We all know the ni**a can sing.” The events end in violence, with both sides of the argument clashing outside the courthouse, and the defendant being found not guilty. The verdict mirrored what would happen in the years that followed.

McGruder spoke with his friend, The Undefeated  Senior Writer Lonnae O’Neal, about the episode’s second-life of cultural relevance, and being back in the conversation.

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“This was regular when I was doing the [comic] strip,” McGruder said on being in headlines again. There’d be “a big, giant news piece happening based on some of the work I had done, or some major controversy that other people were talking about. I had gotten really good at just shutting it all out because you couldn’t possibly get any work done and track all of this trouble you were getting into and who was saying what.”

“That said, it’s been a really, really long time,” he says on “The Trial of R. Kelly” episode. He realizes the viral video is “just a little jarring. I think a smaller version of this happened when Oprah was flirting with a presidential run and suddenly everyone was talking about the “Return Of The King” episode where in the end it says Oprah [is] President in 2020.”

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As for the episode’s recent viral reaction, McGruder says: “R. Kelly was a very slow-moving cultural thing that took place over years and years and years. And there was a lot of time for everyone to really think about it and mull it over and decide how they felt.” He continues, “We live in the era now where we don’t do that anymore. We don’t wait for the judge and jury. We make our decisions quick. It’s a very, very different time. And I think a lot of people are trying to reconcile their older selves and their R. Kelly fandom.”

McGruder says that he has seen the Lifetime series at the time of the interview, and declined to link it to The Boondocks episode. Interestingly enough, “The Trial of R. Kelly” aired in 2005, three years before R. Kelly’s actual child pornography trial in Chicago (whose jury found Kelly not guilty of 14 out of 14 counts of child pornography) had happened. Even more surprising, it was The Boondocks’ second television episode. “I was just trying to make a show that was funny, trying to make a show that stayed on the air,” MacGruder says, adding that the episode took two years between its conception and airing on TV.

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It was reported last year that The Boondocks might soon be coming back in the form of a video game. Not much word has been out about the experience, but it will be an app with “a bizarre political satire that is largely about race and inappropriate for children.” However, he addressed a Boondocks comeback in the interview. O’Neal reports that Aaron suggested that developments are close. What the creator says on record is, “Certainly all the rules have changed. And at the end of the day, I still have to follow the rules. Back in the day, The Boondocks, as crazy as it was, was following the rules. Newspaper rules, Adult Swim rules.”

McGruder is also co-writing a show for Amazon titled Black America which will be a fictional history show where emancipated black Americans receive three Southern states as reparations for slavery.

Since broadcasting earlier this month, Surviving R. Kelly has many people re-examining their position on the onetime R&B superstar. This month’s six-part documentary on Lifetime details the accusations against the 52-year-old by alleged victims. These include claims of sex with underage girls and graphic accounts of abuse and predatory tactics used against women. The documentary also looks at Kelly’s trials, where he was not found guilty of the crimes including child pornography. The series also compiled interviews with many music journalists and colleagues, who opine on why Kelly has not only avoided conviction in court, but remained a force in music and popular culture.

In Surviving R. Kelly, Chance The Rapper declares regret for collaborating with Kelly in the wake of these charges. Lady Gaga apologized for her sexually-themed collaboration, Nick Cannon, Kelly’s former Jive Records label-mate, also expressed regret for working with Robert, while recalling working on a video set with Kelly as some of his charges surfaced.

dream hampton Speaks About The Horrors Of Making Surviving R. Kelly

One of the more notable discussions on the topic of Kelly surfaced online earlier this week, as television and film critic Aisha Harris penned a The New York Times piece (“R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored The Warning Signs”) detailing how two shows tackled R. Kelly’s 2002 child pornography allegations with humor. These satires aired in 2003 and 2005, respectively: Chappelle’s Show spoof music video, “(I Wanna) Pee on You,” and The Boondocks‘ mock-trial episode, “The Trial of R. Kelly.”

This episode featured “Riley” defending R. Kelly, with lines referencing the leaked pornographic film. “I’ve seen that girl! She ain’t little. I’m little.” Harris quotes the material in her NYT essay.

Creator and writer of The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder, recently caught wind of his “The Trial of R. Kelly” episode going viral. This was thanks to multiple tweets from fans who ripped the episode’s final scene, in which the 10-year-old “Huey” yells at the trial’s jury for ignoring Kelly’s allegations for the sake of upholding him as a talented artist and singer.

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“What the hell is wrong with you people?” “Huey” angrily asks the jury, as they dance along to a song played by Kelly’s lawyer to prove his innocence. “… Every famous ni**a that gets arrested is not Nelson Mandela. … We all know the ni**a can sing.” The events end in violence, with both sides of the argument clashing outside the courthouse, and the defendant being found not guilty. The verdict mirrored what would happen in the years that followed.

McGruder spoke with his friend, The Undefeated  Senior Writer Lonnae O’Neal, about the episode’s second-life of cultural relevance, and being back in the conversation.

“Uncle Ruckus” Praises Kanye West For His Stepping & Fetching (Video)

“This was regular when I was doing the [comic] strip,” McGruder said on being in headlines again. There’d be “a big, giant news piece happening based on some of the work I had done, or some major controversy that other people were talking about. I had gotten really good at just shutting it all out because you couldn’t possibly get any work done and track all of this trouble you were getting into and who was saying what.”

“That said, it’s been a really, really long time,” he says on “The Trial of R. Kelly” episode. He realizes the viral video is “just a little jarring. I think a smaller version of this happened when Oprah was flirting with a presidential run and suddenly everyone was talking about the “Return Of The King” episode where in the end it says Oprah [is] President in 2020.”

Dame Dash Discusses The Rift R. Kelly Caused Between Him & JAY-Z Because Of Aaliyah

As for the episode’s recent viral reaction, McGruder says: “R. Kelly was a very slow-moving cultural thing that took place over years and years and years. And there was a lot of time for everyone to really think about it and mull it over and decide how they felt.” He continues, “We live in the era now where we don’t do that anymore. We don’t wait for the judge and jury. We make our decisions quick. It’s a very, very different time. And I think a lot of people are trying to reconcile their older selves and their R. Kelly fandom.”

McGruder says that he has seen the Lifetime series at the time of the interview, and declined to link it to The Boondocks episode. Interestingly enough, “The Trial of R. Kelly” aired in 2005, three years before R. Kelly’s actual child pornography trial in Chicago (whose jury found Kelly not guilty of 14 out of 14 counts of child pornography) had happened. Even more surprising, it was The Boondocks’ second television episode. “I was just trying to make a show that was funny, trying to make a show that stayed on the air,” MacGruder says, adding that the episode took two years between its conception and airing on TV.

John Witherspoon Talks Black Jesus, The Boondocks and Memories With Robin Williams (Video)

It was reported last year that The Boondocks might soon be coming back in the form of a video game. Not much word has been out about the experience, but it will be an app with “a bizarre political satire that is largely about race and inappropriate for children.” However, he addressed a Boondocks comeback in the interview. O’Neal reports that Aaron suggested that developments are close. What the creator says on record is, “Certainly all the rules have changed. And at the end of the day, I still have to follow the rules. Back in the day, The Boondocks, as crazy as it was, was following the rules. Newspaper rules, Adult Swim rules.”

McGruder is also co-writing a show for Amazon titled Black America which will be a fictional history show where emancipated black Americans receive three Southern states as reparations for slavery.

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Netflix to Release ‘Fyre Festival’ Documentary on January 18

What likely was the worst day of Ja Rule’s life is going to be able to be viewed by everyone in the new Netflix documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. The film is directed by Chris Smith and details the festival that was supposed to be a luxury offering, but ultimately became one of the biggest jokes in the history of Twitter.

The documentary will cover the festival from the idea to host a high-end festival that brought attendees close to their friends to the tents and cheese sandwiches that hit social media. One of the subjects of the documentary will be the partner of the Murder Inc. rapper, Billy McFarland.

The Fyre Festival documentary will be available on January 18 and will features video directly from the festival grounds along with first-hand accounts from those who were just looking to have fun.

You can see the entire trailer below.



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Taye Diggs to Host Critics Choice Awards

Taye Diggs, who currently stars in The CW’s drama series All American, will host the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards as reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

“I am truly honored and ridiculously excited to be hosting the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, especially since, as an actor, I recognize what a vital role the critics play in the entertainment industry today. We are all looking forward to a big night celebrating the best of the best in TV and film.”

Joe Berlin, president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association noted: “Taye is a star of both film and television, plus his illustrious stage career makes him especially qualified to lead our show. He promises to infuse the Critics’ Choice Awards with his infectious charm and humor and enrich what already promises to be a memorable night.”

Taye Diggs has had success on the big screen with film credits such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, The Best Man Holiday and many more. On the small screen, Diggs has played on Private Practice and on Empire.

The show will broadcast live from 7-10 p.m. ET on Jan. 13 on The CW from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

 

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Regina King and Mahershala Ali Both Win Golden Globes

At the 76th annual Golden Globe awards, Regina King and Mahershala Ali both took home trophies for their work in film. King, an Emmy and Critic Choice award winner, won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk based on the novel of the same by James Baldwin. Ali, won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for playing Don “Doc” Shirley in Green Book.

In an emotional acceptance speech, King talked about the responsibility actors have to use their platforms to highlight issues. She said, “”So often, everyone out there that hears us on a red carpet and they say celebrities are using the time to talk about ourselves when we are on our soapbox and using a moment to talk about the systemic things that are going on in life, time’s up times two,” King said as the crowd gave her a rousing applause.

“The reason why we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we’re speaking for everyone,” King urged the audience. “I am going to use my platform to say right now that in the next two years, everything that I produce and I am making a vow and it’s going to be tough to make sure that everything that I produce, that it’s fifty percent women. I just challenge anyone out there who is in a position of power, not just in our industry, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourselves and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

Mahershala Ali, an Academy Award winner, honored the memory of Dr. Shirley in his acceptance speech. He said, “Dr. Shirley was a brilliant man. I just want to thank him for his passion and his virtuosity, and the dignity he carried himself with. That inspired me each and every day.”

He continued by thanking all the women in his life. He continued, “I have to thank my wife, my mother, and my grandmother,” he said. “I thank you for your prayers. I’ve needed each and every one of them. Peace.”

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The Academy is Reportedly Still Interested in Kevin Hart Hosting Oscars

Kevin Hart made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show to promote his upcoming comedy-drama, The Upside, which co-stars Bryan Cranston. Of course he couldn’t leave the show without first addressed the Oscars controversy which was sparked by unearthed, homophobic tweets.

They caused an uproar and Hart consequently stepped down from his hosting gig. But according to Ellen, the Academy is still interested in the comedian hosting the ceremony.

“They were like, ‘Oh my God, we want him to host,’” DeGeneres said. “‘We feel like maybe it was misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing, but we want him to host. Whatever we could do, we would be thrilled.’”

The talk show host, who is a former Oscars host herself, defend Hart calling Internet trolls “a small group of people being very loud.” But he was still hesitant and swore that the tweets surfacing shortly after his gig was announced was a direct attack to him.

“To any attack, there’s another side,” Hart said. “There’s always an A-side and there’s a B-side. On my side, I say, openly, I’m wrong for my past words. I said it. I understand that. I know that. My kids know when their dad messes up, I’m in front of it because I want to be an example so they know what to do. In this case, it’s tough for me because it was an attack. This wasn’t an accident; it wasn’t a coincidence. It wasn’t a coincidence that the day after I received the job that tweets just manifested from 2008. To go through 40,000 tweets to get back to 2008. That’s an attack. That’s a malicious attack on my character. That’s an attack to end me. That’s not an attack to just stop the Oscars.”

Ellen kept pushing though because she knows how bad Kevin Hart wants to host the Oscars.

“But [the trolls] gonna win, if you don’t host the Oscars,” DeGeneres said. “So for you to stand up and say, ’No,’ whoever you are…who knows who this person is or people? Who cares? You can’t let them destroy you and they can’t destroy you because you have too much talent. And for them to stop you from your dream, to do what you wanted to do—and what you have a right to do, what you should be doing—it’s why they haven’t found another host. I think they were secretly hoping that you would come back.”

Do you think Kevin Hart should hop back on board and host the Oscars?

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[WATCH] Trina Predicts ‘War’ With Trick Daddy In ‘Love And Hip Hop: Miami’ Trailer

Say it ain’t so!

Do the King and Queen of Miami Hip-Hop have authentic beef? Well, according to the Diamond Princess, it ain’t all peaches and cream, which all will be revealed in this season of Love & Hip Hop: Miami.

In this sneak peek of the Season 2 premiere, Trina wants to expand her empire but feels like Trick is holding her back from releasing new music and a new-and-improved Young Hollywood catches up with Gunplay. Watch the return of Love & Hip Hop: Miami tonight at 8/7c.

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Aaliyah’s Mother Diane Haughton Fires Back at Backup Singer Who Reportedly Witnessed R. Kelly Having Sex With His Former Protegeé

Once again, Lifetime is at the forefront of a controversy having to do with late R&B singer Aaliyah. Thankfully, this time it isn’t another attempt at a horrid biopic. Unfortunately, it does have to do with a horrid allegation made forth by a former backup singer for R. Kelly, the subject of the network’s three-part Surviving R. Kelly documentary scheduled to start airing tomorrow.

After Jovante Cunningham, the former employee of Kellz at hand, made the shocking claim to have witnessed seeing R. Kelly and Aaliyah doing “things that an adult should not be doing with a child” while on a tour bus in 1994, Baby Girl’s notoriously silent mom Diane Haughton released an official statement denying the claims and calling Cunningham “a liar.” According to Yahoo! News, Mrs. Haughton is stating that Cunningham is lying about “seeing, meeting or even breathing the same air as [Aaliyah],” continuing on by stating “My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.”

See the full statement below, which as of now has only been confirmed by fans of the late singer that died in 2001, but we can only hope that none of this tarnishes the legacy of a beloved music icon any further:

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