Kevin Hart is now apologizing for the jokes that drew the ire of the LGBTQ community and ultimately led to him stepping down as host of the Oscars.
On his SiriusXM radio show, "Straight to the Hart," the comedian said, "I will say this, and I want to make this very clear ... Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize."
Talking about how times have changed since he made the jokes, Hart said, "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.’"
Hart has said time and time again that he has apologized for the remarks in the past but no record of any such apology has surfaced.
The issue about whether or not Kevin Hart would host the Oscars again arose last week after Ellen DeGeneres had Hart as a guest on her show and revealed she called The Academy to ask him to give him 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."
The interview was not well-received (for either DeGeneres or Hart) and he took to Instagram to address it, writing, "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge."
Hart added, "You can't change without a understanding of what GROWTH means." The short-statured star included a photo naming professions, such as "Basketball players" and "Teachers," and pointing out they don't become great until they learn.
Ellen defended the interview by explaining, "I believe in forgiveness. I believe in second chances."