Comedian Kevin Hart says he is reconsidering his decision to step away from hosting the 91st Academy Awards following controversy over anti-gay social media postings and jokes during stand-up routines surfaced last year.

In an interview airing Friday with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres first reported by Variety, Hart was told by the host that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had expressed interest in his return to the show.

“We want him to host, we feel like maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong, or maybe we said the wrong thing,” DeGeneres told Hart the Academy said of his departure. “But we want him to host. Whatever we can do, we want him to host.”


Hart responded, thanking DeGeneres for her support and for an "authentic" conversation about LGBTQ issues.

“Leaving here I promise you I’m evaluating this conversation,” Hart told the host. “This is a conversation I needed to have, I’m glad I had it here. I’m glad it’s as authentic and real as I could’ve hoped it would be.”

Hart apologized last month after the postings surfaced, telling fans that he would step aside so as to not serve as a "distraction" from the awards show while maintaining that he had addressed his old views and moved past them before they were most recently resurfaced.

“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar’s,” Hart tweeted last month. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

The comedian had originally blamed the controversy on internet trolls, while stating that he would step down from hosting without an apology.

"The reason why I passed is because, I've addressed this several times," Hart said in an Instagram video shortly after the controversy began. ”I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I've moved on and I'm in a completely different space in my life."

The Oscars have yet to announce 2019's host for the awards show and has been reportedly hard-pressed to find a replacement for Hart following his decision to step down. The show is set to air Feb. 24.