Kevin Hart says Kevin Hart is so sorry.
The comedian offered a new apology Monday — this time in the third person — for past anti-gay statements, but kept mum on whether or not he will host the 2019 Oscars.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize,” Hart, speaking in the third person, said on his radio show Monday, according to reports.
Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars in early December after homophobic tweets he had sent years ago resurfaced online. He initially did not apologize for the statements — arguing that he had done so at the time — and quit the hosting gig as criticism against him grew.
On Monday, Hart changed his tune.
“We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that’s how we talked to one another … This is wrong now,” Hart said on the XM radio show. “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.’”
In one of the controversy-stirring tweets, sent in 2011, Hart wrote: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.”
Hart’s apology on Monday comes days after comedian Ellen DeGeneres’ tried to convince him to agree to host the ceremony during an appearance on her talk show.
“I called the Academy today because I really want you to host the Oscars,” DeGeneres said on the episode, which aired last Friday.
“’We want him to host, whatever we can do, we’d be thrilled,’” DeGeneres said the Academy told her. “The Academy is saying, ‘What can we do to make this happen.’”
Hart responded by assuring her that he doesn’t have a “homophobic bone” in his body and saying that he is “evaluating” his decision.
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