Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Kevin Hart Apologizes to LGBTQ Community on SiriusXM Show

Kevin Hart Apologizes to LGBTQ Community on SiriusXM Show

The apology comes on the heels of Hart's raw interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which aired Friday.

He appeared on Ellen DeGeneres's show Friday to speak on the controversy for the first time, which brought DeGeneres criticism from the LGBTQ community for dismissing those who have criticized Hart as "haters" and 'trolls'. "Here is how it starts off", he said.

"I understand why people are hurt", Hart said. I don't have one homophobic bone in my body.

He said: "And now 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 called them, I said "Kevin's on". "In that, you go f-. This is wrong now".

He continued, "So then we say, 'Hey, man, as a group, let's erase this s-". "'Hey, let's not do this".

Hart went on to ask that his apologies be accepted in the interest of equality. I'm riding with you guys. "You can't change without a (sic) understanding of what GROWTH means". "Where does the equality part come in?" he said.

He added, "I don't think it's wrong for people to have their own personal beliefs". But, due to the efforts of (former Oscar host) Ellen DeGeneres, who lobbied the Academy to reconsider Hart, it he will not reemerge as host of the 91st Academy Awards, according to Deadline.

"It was an attack", Hart told DeGeneres.

As speculation continues about whether Kevin Hart may return as Oscars host, CNN anchor Don Lemon revealed Monday night that he spoke with Hart over the weekend in an off the record conversation. 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. "I've said who I am now versus who I was then". We don't talk like this no more. It's life or death.

Kevin Hart apologized for his resurfaced homophobic tweets on his SiriusXM show Straight from the Hart.

Lemon pointed to Hart's old stand-up routine in which he joked about knocking his son and another kid down when they were dancing on each other.

Hart took to Instagram on Saturday (January 5) to share an inspirational message about the importance of self-improvement. "They have to LEARN and develop to be great at their job". "Please grasp this and use it in 2019".

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