Kevin Hart, Still Wrestling With Homophobic Tweets, Sort of Apologizes

Kevin Hart, Still Wrestling With Homophobic Tweets, Sort of Apologizes

"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'".

"I want everybody to know I'm done with it", Hart told "GMA" host Michael Strahan. "I'm over that, I'm over the moment". He said he could not rule out hosting in future years. "This is wrong now", he said on the show.

'I'm not gonna say anything, and I'm definitely got gonna say it here, but the chances are very slim, ' he said, adding: 'I love the Academy, I love everybody that's involved with the process of building the Oscars and making it. We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that's how we talked to one another. Further, he believes that anyone who wants to continue the discussion and won't accept the apologies that he has already made "means it's a problem with you".

Hart said the script was "amazing" and that he took on this more serious role as a "challenge", to show his fans there was a different side to him. He said, "Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right".

The 39-year-old comedian's past homophobic jokes and tweets were drawn back into the spotlight last month after he was named this year's Oscars emcee.

Lemon did say, however, that he accepts the comedian's choice to not be an ally for the LGBTQ community and everyone else should, too. "Where does the equality part come in?"

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Hart went on to equate the response he had received to his first apology as a form of "bullying", adding that "it turns into, you're bullying them because now, now that I said what I said the way that I would say it because I'm me, you're now trying to change me into becoming what version of me you want me to be".

"I shouldn't have to prove who I am", Hart said Wednesday.

Hart has also said he previously addressed the controversial tweets and stand-up routines, but outlets including CNN and New York Magazine's Vulture could find evidence of an apology until after Hart chose to step down.

The Academy, which hands out the Oscar awards, has not announced a replacement host. "You're the best", Rock said.

His latest comments come days after Ellen DeGeneres tried, during a sit-down interview on her talk show, to convince him to reconsider hosting the major award ceremony.

The speculation came weeks after he stepped down from the event while also apologizing for past homophobic tweets. "We don't post this shit on social media'".

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