Kevin Hart Apologizes Again

Kevin Hart is apologizing once again to the LGBTQ community. On his “Straight From the Hart” podcast, the 39-year-old said that he felt his prior apologies were getting “chopped up” and wanted to state his feelings on the matter again.

Kevin appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show last week to discuss the matter. Ellen told the actor that the LGBTQ community accepts his apologies and forgives him.

Ellen Calling it Quits?

Ellen Degeneres isn’t sure if she’ll keep hosting her daytime talk show when her contract is up in 2020. She told the New York Times she almost turned down a renewal in 2016 at the urging of her wife Portia de Rossi — but at the same time her brother told her she has to keep at it. Portia says there’s just other things Ellen could be doing with her time.

Ellen’s been promoting an upcoming Netflix comedy special, so maybe the allure of standup, where her career began, is calling to her. But the talk show has been wildly lucrative, with some estimates suggesting she pulls in $75 million a year from the gig.

Oscar Host: Kevin Hart

The Oscars had been struggling to find a host for its 2019 broadcast — but landed on Kevin Hart. Following lackluster ratings and the La La Land Best Picture snafu, A-listers aren’t clamoring for the top emcee spot.

The Hollywood Reporter says that everyone who’s anyone had turned it down, including Oprah, Justin Timberlake, Julia Louis-Drefyus, Jerry Seinfeld, and even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as a team effort, who successfully helmed the Golden Globes a few years back.

The job requires weeks of work for a paltry low-six figures; the media, critics and fans inevitably rip the host to shreds; and the show does little to make the host more visible or famous.

In recent years, no one has done it more than twice, including Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen Degeneres, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart. In contrast, Bob Hope did it 19 times in his heyday.

Judy On Top

Judy Shendlin remains the queen of daytime TV hosting, raking in $147 million last year for “Judge Judy.” That’s almost double Ellen Degeneres’ $87.5 million second-place haul.

Rounding out the top 5 are Phil McGraw at $77.5 million, Ryan Seacrest at $74 million, and Steve Harvey at $44 million.

The windfall for Judy comes from her 2017 deal to sell the 5,000-plus episode library of “Judge Judy” to CBS for a hundred million. She still makes $47 million a year for regular hosting duties.