Michael Che Ribs Academy Over Kevin Hart Controversy on ‘SNL’

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Michael Che Ribs Academy Over Kevin Hart Controversy on ‘SNL’
Kevin Hart may have alienated some in Hollywood over his recently resurfaced homophobic tweets, but that didn’t stop “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che from cracking some jokes in support of Hart on Dec. 8’s “Saturday Night Live.”

After briefly recapping that Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after the 2011 tweets came to light, Che called out the Academy for awarding another controversial Hollywood denizen.

“Didn’t the Academy nominate Mel Gibson for an award just last year?” Che asked. Gibson, who has repeatedly come under fire since the early ’90s for using racist and homophobic epithets, was nominated for an Academy Award for best director for “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2017. Similarly to Hart, Gibson refused to apologize after a 1991 interview in which he made derogatory comments about homosexuals.

“Also, if Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars, then no black comic is,” Che remarked. “The only
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