Kevin Hart has again apologised for the homophobic tweets he made between 2009 and 2011 which ultimately led to the comedian stepping down as the host of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Speaking on his SiriusXM radio podcast, Straight from the Hart, Kevin said, “I will say this, and I want to make this very clear, once again Kevin Hart apologises for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologise.”
TMZ reports the comedian and actor also talked about how times have changed since he made the jokes. “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**t hurt because of what I’ve been through’.”
One of the tweets in question spoke of not allowing his son to play with dolls because “it’s gay”.
“If my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay’ [sic],” Kevin tweeted at the time.
The issue about whether Kevin Hart could still host the Oscars was raised again last week after Ellen DeGeneres had Kevin as a guest on her show and revealed she had called The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to ask them to give Kevin the job back.
“I called [The Academy],” DeGeneres revealed. “I said, ‘Kevin’s on, I have no idea if he wants to come back and host, but what are your thoughts?’ And they were like, ‘Oh my God, we want him to host. We feel like that maybe he misunderstood or it was handled wrong or maybe we said the wrong thing but we want him to host. Whatever we can do we would be thrilled. And he should host the Oscars’.”
Prior to the interview with Ellen, Variety reported Kevin wasn’t planning to host the ceremony. “Would I ever do it? No, it’s done. It’s done,” the comedian said, adding that the job had been a blessing but he didn’t believe in moving backwards.
“The moment came and it was a blessing and I was excited at the opportunity and I still am. In my mind I got the job, it was a dream job, and things came up that simply prohibited it from happening. But I don’t believe in going backwards.”
The Ellen interview was not well-received in all quarters, reports Rolling stone, with CNN anchor Don Lemon calling for Kevin to use his platform to be an ally to the LGBTQ community.
“Someone like Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the world, can be a leader – the ultimate change agent,” Lemon said. “He can help change homophobia in the black community – something Kevin’s old Twitter jokes addressed, but in the wrong way.”