Kevin Hart Continues Apology Tour For Past Homophobic Remarks On SirusXM Show

Lewis Collier
January 9, 2019

The 39-year-old comedian's past homophobic jokes and tweets were drawn back into the spotlight last month after he was named this year's Oscars emcee.

The program also included Lemon saying Hart is not a victim in this situation, but he had words for the LGBT community as well.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Hart issued an apology for his past comments on his Straight From the Hart podcast this week. There is no more conversation about it. I'm literally over that. "I'm over that, I'm over the moment". "And I'm about today".

Stone-faced, he said: 'I am done with it. I'm not giving no more explanation. I want you to be happy, be gay, be happy.

Lemon said Hart declined to appear on his show.

Kevin Hart confirmed that he will not host the Oscars during an unapologetic interview on Wednesday morning where he said he was "over" discussing his homophobic tweet and had "nothing to prove" to anyone.

Hart, pressured by the academy to formally apologize, initially offered a non-apology.

"I really had to dive into the whole thing - even the tweets", Hart said of the resurfaced past jokes. "I'm going to be me; I'm going to stand my ground".

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Asked how he had evolved since his 2009-2010 tweets about "f*gs" and disowning his son if he ever came out gay, Hart would not be drawn. "Whatever. However, you want to feel", he stated. He said, "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right".

Last week, the influential talk show host Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she had called up the Academy to vouch for Hart's good character and urged him to take back the role as host to the anger of many left-wing activists.

DeGeneres, who is openly lesbian, said she forgave Hart for the series of homophobic tweets and jokes.

Sounding somewhat sarcastic, the comedian said: "Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community".

"I want everybody to know I'm done with it", Hart told "GMA" host Michael Strahan. I shouldn't have to prove who I am, I shouldn't have to prove the levels of love that I am capable of giving. So hold to account, call them out, but you don't want to bully people. It gets no more energy. I would want to make sure the production is a great representation of me and my talent.

The actor said he has given all he can thus far and "said everything I can possibly say".

Hart's apology is what ruffled people's feathers in the first place with many asking if the popular comedian is really honest.

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