Kevin Hart, Still Wrestling With Homophobic Tweets, Sort of Apologizes

Ruben Ruiz
January 9, 2019

When host Michael Strahan asked if he would return to host the Oscars if asked, the comedian responded with a strong denial. "Because now we're in a space where I'm around people of the LGBTQ community, and I'm now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say, 'That s**t hurt because of what I've been through'".

"It's hard to predict what can happen", Hart continued. "Whatever. However, you want to feel", he stated.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's.this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many incredible talented artists", he wrote on Twitter. He said, "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right. In the future, if it does, it does".

As part of his apology on his show yesterday, Hart quoted a homophobic joke from his routine in 2010: "I want to say that I have no problem with gay people".

"I say I'm done with it".

And while Strahan has been noted for mostly softball interviews he held Hart's feet to the fire and pressed the embattled comedian to address the issue of the resurfaced homophobic jokes head on.

"There's no more conversation about it ..." So if it's accepted, great, but if it's not, it's nothing I can control. "I'm over it. That's where I personally am". I'm not saying how I've changed anymore.

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Later on "GMA", Hart opened up about his new movie, "The Upside" and how wonderful it was to work alongside Bryan Cranston, saying his co-star has simply perfected his craft.

During his hit on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hart notably did not apologize and drew ire from many who noted that he was playing the victim card.

Hart went on to equate the response he had received to his first apology as a form of "bullying", adding that "it turns into, you're bullying them because now, now that I said what I said the way that I would say it because I'm me, you're now trying to change me into becoming what version of me you want me to be". "No, they weren't "haters" who came after you".

Then last week, he spoke to Ellen DeGeneres in his first interview since stepping down, and she asked him to reconsider hosting the awards show.

Kevin continued to speak about the scandal on his SiriusXM show Straight From the Hart on Monday, taking the opportunity to apologize again.

Hart said that he thought it was okay to talk like that because that's the way he and his friends talk to each other. "Like Don Lemon goes on CNN and he's like, 'You can fix this, become an ally.' That's not my life dream". This is wrong now.

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