Kevin Hart has once again apologized for the past homophobic tweets which led to him stepping down as host of the Oscars, insisting he doesn’t have a problem with gay people.
The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor was named as the host of the Academy Awards in December (18) but he pulled out of the gig days later after receiving backlash over offensive tweets dating back to 2008 and 2009.
The comedian initially rejected demands to apologize, insisting he had apologized for the tweets several times before, but later said sorry again after stepping down as Oscars presenter.
Kevin continued to speak about the scandal on his SiriusXM show Straight From the Hart on Monday (07Jan19), taking the opportunity to apologize again.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologies for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community,” the Night School star said in the third person. “I apologize.”
Quoting the start of one of the controversial jokes from his 2010 stand-up routine during the show, Kevin paraphrased: “I want to say that I have no problem with gay people. I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body. I want you to be happy, be gay, be happy. And then I say as a heterosexual male, if I can do something to stop my son… that’s where the joke starts!”
Kevin added the landscape of the world has changed now, particularly with the prevalence of social media, and he regrets the way he spoke on his Twitter page.
“These weren’t words that I said to gay individuals. I didn’t say these words to people, at the time, this was our dumb a**es on Twitter going back and forth with each other,” he mused. “We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another. In that, you go, f**k! This is wrong now.”
Now the father-of-three is hoping to help people become more accepting of the LGBTQ community, concluding his show by telling listeners: “I think that in the times that we’re living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change.”
– Cover Media0