(AllHipHop News) Kevin Hart was all set to be the next host of the Academy Awards. However, old "homophobic" tweets resurfaced and the comedian faced a torrent of backlash for what was seen as offensive jokes.
The Academy apparently asked Hart to publicly apologize, but he initially refused. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star claimed he had already apologized for the tweets and decided to walk away from the Oscar gig.
Openly gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres had Hart appear on her daytime program. They discussed the controversy surrounding the tweets, the negative reactions, and the media coverage.
"I've taken ten years to put my apology to work. I've yet to go back to that version of the immature comedian that once was. I've moved on," said the 39-year-old Philadelphia native.
Hart continued, "I'm a grown man. I'm cultured. I'm manufactured. I'm a guy that understands now. I look at life through a different lens, and because of that I live it a different way. Now, I'm kind of upset because these ten years are just being ignored. There being brushed past."
While Hart originally refused to again show remorse for the 2009 - 2011 tweets, he eventually sent out new tweets to offer atonement. Both Hart's first defiant response on Instagram and his backtracking on Twitter were met with side eyes.
Detractors called Hart's non-apology video insensitive, conceited, and problematic. Some of his supporters cheered then jeered Hart when he quickly flip-flopped from standing his ground to yielding to the criticism. Others, including Ellen, have forgiven Hart.
"Once again, I'm sorry if these words hurt. I'm sorry. But either my apology is accepted or it isn't. Either I can move forward or I can't. But you can't grow as a person without mistakes. You don't know what perfection is unless you've experienced imperfection. So I don't know the perfect individual that society is now looking for - it's not me," Kevin told Ellen.