Kevin Hart is speaking “straight from the Hart” about his Oscars scandal.
The “Night School” actor was briefly announced as the host of the 91st Academy Awards to take place February 24. He later stepped down from the role after old homophobic and transphobic tweets of his resurfaced.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize,” he said on Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM show “Straight from the Hart”.
“We thought it was okay to talk like that because that’s how we talked to one another… This is wrong now,” he explained. “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 insisted he would no longer use any comedy material that could be perceived as hurtful to the LGBTQ community: “The fight is the will and want for equality. I’m riding with you guys. I understand you.”
“But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change,” he cautioned. “If you don’t want to accept people for their change, then where are you trying to get to the equal part? Where does the equality part come in?”
“I don’t think it’s wrong for people to have their own personal beliefs. I think that in the times that we’re living in, we have to be understanding and accepting of people and change.” he concluded. “Bottom line.”
Hart’s apology on SiriusXM follows his controversial appearance on Friday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.