It’s been a long month for Comedian Kevin Hart. He has been under scrutiny after refusing to apologize after homophobic tweets resurfaced last month at the threshold of being offered to host the Oscars, but after push and pull in the media and several other comedians have come forward defending or opposing him, Hart has offered an apology.
Hart stepped down from hosting the event when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences asked him to publicly apologize if he wanted to continue hosting the awards show.
ABC News reports that during his latest SiriusXM show “Straight from the Hart” the comedian spoke about the past and how he has evolved and grown and arrived at a place where he can acknowledge his mistakes and move forward.
Hart spoke about the past homophobic slurs:
We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another … This is wrong now. 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— hurt because of what I’ve been through.
He continued to share a HARTfelt commiseration:
The fight is the will and want for equality. I’m riding with you guys. I understand you. But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change. If you don’t want to accept people for their change, then where are you trying to get to the equal part? Where does the equality part come in? I don’t think it’s wrong for people to have their own personal beliefs. I think that in the times that we’re living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change. Bottom line.
The show comes just days after Kevin Hart appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show where we learned that Ellen called the Academy to ask that they bring Hart back on as host after the fiasco. Ellen’s choice to support Hart perplexed the LGBTQ community. While the topic is sensitive to Ellen as a gay woman, she also believes that Hart has grown and can find value in the backlash that he has received.
The Academy has yet to find a replacement to host the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24th, but is it possible that Hart could be asked back?
h/t: ABC News