Kevin Hart Addresses Offensive Jokes In 2014 Interview, Acknowledges Homophobic Comments Can ‘Stop A Career’

Kevin Hart continues to take heat over homophobic comments he made on social media years earlier, which led him to step down from hosting the Oscars rather than apologize, and a 2014 interview has resurfaced in which the comedian says he’s fully aware of the damage those type of remarks can have on a showbiz career.

In the interview, which was posted by TMZ, Hart spoke with interviewer Ed Gordon about why he no longer jokes about anything relating to homosexuality, remarking that “homosexuality right now is in a place where it’s not a joke.”

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Without mentioning any specific comments, Hart pointed out that “the words and terms that were used at a certain point in time are considered slander, are considered violent terms due to the fact of all the hate crimes that have been had and all of the verbal attack[s].”

He added: “So I personally don’t think it’s funny. I don’t joke about it. I don’t want that problem. I don’t need any enemies, at all.”

He also acknowledged that homophobic comments can do more than merely “stop a career,” but can also “throw you under the bus. I understand it and I agree with it and I get why it is now a serious thing.”

On Thursday night, hours after being announced as host of the 2019 Academy Awards, Hart took to Instagram to reveal he was stepping down from the role after homophobic tweets he wrote nearly a decade earlier resurfaced; his remarks did not include an apology for his comments, but he did state he was “sorry if I hurt people.”

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Stop looking for reasons to be negative…Stop searching for reasons to be angry….I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. I am truly happy people….there is nothing that you can do to change that…NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all….with that being said. If u want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. I’m almost 40 years old and I’m in love with the man that I am becoming. You LIVE and YOU LEARN & YOU GROW & YOU MATURE. I live to Love….Please take your negative energy and put it into something constructive. Please….What’s understood should never have to be said. I LOVE EVERYBODY…..ONCE AGAIN EVERYBODY. If you choose to not believe me then that’s on you….Have a beautiful day

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ET Canada spoke with Kathy Griffin about Hart’s decision, and the always-outspoken comedian had some tough words for her fellow comic:

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