connectVideoVariety reports Academy scrambling to find Heart-replacement
Kevin Hart reportedly apologized Monday night for the homophobic comments that he made years ago that led to his decision to step down as Oscars host.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his comments that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize,” Hart said on his Sirius XM radio show, “Straight from the Heart,” according to ABC News.
KEVIN HART TRAP OF OSCAR HOSTING GIG IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CRITICISM OF THE LAST ANTI-GAY TWEETS
The 39-year-old played his Monday night episode on Twitter as “unreal” and “one that you don’t want to miss. Believe me when I say that you have to hear this…”
Days after the announcement of the concert in December, Hart stepped down as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards after homophobic comments, mostly in 2009-2011, and again to the surface.
“Yo, if my son comes home and try to get the 2 to play with my daughters dolls house I’m going 2 break it over his head and say n my voice” stop that’s gay,'” a now-deleted tweet read.
KEVIN HART RESPONDS TO THE RECENT CRITICISM AFTER AN INTERVIEW WITH ELLEN DEGENERES
He has also anti-gay comments in his standup in the past, including saying during a special 2010 that, “If I can prevent my son from being gay, I will.”
“We thought that it was ok to talk to, because that is how we spoke to each other,” Hart reportedly said Monday. “This is wrong now. Because we are now in a space where I am to people of the LGBTQ community, and I am now aware of how these words make them feel and why they say ” s— hurt by what I have experienced.'”
The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” star initially said that he would not apologize, because he had done a few times. But given an ultimatum to apologize, he did so and walked down.
Hart told Ellen DeGeneres on “The Ellen Show” in an episode that aired Friday that he regarded it as an attack if his tweets quickly again to the surface.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP
“That is an attempt to put an end to me,” he said. “That is not an attack to stop, the Oscars … Someone has to take a stand against the … trolls.”
The comedian added he was “evaluating” the re-conquest of the hosting job after DeGeneres said in the Academy of Motion Pictures — what she called his name — told her that she “asked him to host, what we can do, we would be delighted.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.