Kevin Hart has apologized to the LGBTQ community for a second time since relieving himself of hosting duties for this year’s Academy Awards.
On an episode of his “Straight From The Hart” podcast, Kevin said, “Once again Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.”
In the segment, Hart uncovered the original homophobic joke that landed him in trouble. Explaining that he had to unearth it to remind himself of the exact wording, he continued: “Here is how it starts off,” he said, with his longtime collaborators in the room.
“The only clip that I have seen all over the media is the one where I go, ‘Stop! That’s gay.’” Hart’s friends can be heard in the background, somewhat trying to stop this thought wave: “Uh-oh, you’re on that edge,” they joke.
“I really had to dive into the whole thing, even the tweets,” Hart explained. “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 asses on Twitter going back and forth with each other. We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another. In that, you go, fuck! This is wrong now.”
The comedian went on to acknowledge in more detail how the social landscape has changed: “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 shit hurt because of what I’ve been through.’
“So then we say, ‘Hey, man, as a group, let’s erase this shit,'” Hart continued. “‘Hey, let’s not do this. We don’t post this shit on social media.'”
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— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 8, 2019
Last week Ellen Degeneres got criticism for having Hart on her show to talk about the incident, and to show her support for the actor/comedian to reconsider hosting the Academy Awards.
There’s still no word on whether Hart will serve as host for this year’s show.