Nick Cannon Praises Ellen DeGeneres’ Support of Kevin Hart, Says Oscar Contro Hit Hart 'Hard'

PEOPLE.com | 1/4/2019 | Staff
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Nick Cannon stood by his best friend Kevin Hart last month when Hart stepped down as the host of the 2019 Oscars.

And in an interview that aired on her talk show on Friday, Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she also supports the comedian, going as far as calling the Academy to advocate for him to host the awards.

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“That’s dope,” Cannon, 38, tells PEOPLE. “I love Ellen and she definitely is one of the bosses in the game. When one of the bosses calls for you, that’s always a good look. She’s an entertainment guru that’s been doing it for a long time that we all respect.”

Hart, 39, opened up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about what he felt was a “malicious attack on my character” when old homophobic tweets were brought up and subsequently led to him quitting the Oscars gig.

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“To see a friend reach a moment like that, to be able to share it with him and then two days later the entire energy is shifted, it hit him pretty hard,” says Cannon, who’s currently hosting the hit new Fox series The Masked Singer. “I know how important that opportunity was for him, how excited he was. He was already telling me his set and jokes and going over what he was going to do.”

While Hart told DeGeneres he’d reconsider taking the hosting job should it be offered to him, Cannon says he and Hart “haven’t really spoken about it.”

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