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Kevin Hart Is Finally Coming Around

Almost two years after his old tweets forced him from hosting the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart says now that he had been "immature" with the way he handled the situation.

Hart spoke with Men's Health about that time.

“With the whole Oscars thing, there was a big gap between what I thought the problem was versus what the problem really was," he says.

Recalling the 2018 Oscars Debacle

In 2018, soon after it was announced Hart would host the Oscars, his anti-gay tweets from 2010 and 2011 resurfaced.

Hart explained that at the time the controversy began, he resented that people were judging him based on those homophobic tweets, so he found it difficult to issue an apology for something he didn't currently believe.

“I got 10 years where I made sure not to joke or play in the way that I did back then because it was a problem. I don’t care if you’re gay or not gay. I’m a people person. I’m going to love you regardless.”

He Didn't Quite Get It

In 2018, Hart said he was stepping down from his gig to host the 2019 Academy Awards in light of tweets he made from years ago that portrayed him as anti-gay.

On Dec. 7, 2018, Hart tweeted: “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's....this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."

Hart Swiftly Left the Role

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He did also tweet an apology back then, but didn't acknowledge the real reason for the problem -- his homophobic tweets.

"I'm sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again."

Hart announced he had been chosen to host the 91st Academy Awards only two days earlier.

'Just Immature'

Giphy | Team Coco

It seems that now Hart gets what people were upset about, and realizes the whole thing was a missed chance to speak out for those in the LGBTQ community.

He says Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes and others helped him see what he was missing.

“It wasn’t until close friends like Wanda Sykes, Lee Daniels, and Ellen [DeGeneres] talked to me and explained what they didn’t hear me say that I understood. Then I was like, ‘Oh, s--- —I did f--- up.’ ”

“I missed an opportunity to say simply that I don’t condone any type of violence in any way, shape or form to anyone for being who they are. I f---ed up. ... Instead, I said, ‘I addressed it.’ I said, ‘I apologized.’ I said, ‘I talked about this already.’ I was just immature.”

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