Following an appearance on Ellen last week, Kevin Hart has spoken out again about his comments regarding the LGBTQ+ community.
Taking on his radio show, Straight From the Hart, which airs on SiriusXM via Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio Channel 96, the comedian and actor apologised for his previous comments which resulted in him pulling out of hosting the 2019 Oscars.
“I will say this, and I want to make this very clear,” he began with.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologises for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologise.”
“We thought it was okay to talk like that…”
In the discussion of the jokes and social media posts that caused the recent controversy, he added: “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, ‘F**k! This is wrong now.'”
He added: “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. Hey, let’s not do this. We don’t post this shit on social media.'”
“Black LGBTQ+ people were harmed in this situation.”
His apology comes after Ellen DeGeneres suggested that he could still host the Oscars should he make a public apology regarding his comments. During the interview, DeGeneres said: “Don’t let those people win. Host the Oscars.”
She also mentioned how she had personally called the Academy to ask them to reconsider Hart’s role and they were willing to do so. However, many were quick to criticise DeGeneres saying that she “can’t and doesn’t speak for me.”
Tre’Vell Anderson, entertainment director at Out, said: “[Hart] should especially seek forgiveness from Black queer folks in addition to his broader appeals, something DeGeneres can’t grant.”
Journalist and activist George M Johnson also said that it wasn’t DeGeneres place to offer forgiveness as “Black LGBTQ+ people were harmed in this situation.”
No replacement host for the 2019 Oscars has been announced yet.