Kevin Hart finally admitted that he messed up in response to last year’s Oscars controversy.
The comedian had been set to host the Academy Awards until past anti gay tweets resurfaced. “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 wrote in one egregious 2011 post.
While Hart did initially respond with an apology, the response came off as insincere and defensive to many members of the LGBTQ community, who argued that calls for violence — particularly against a child — should never be a joke.
In an interview for the cover story of Men’s Health’s March issue, the 40-year-old Jumanji star expressed that he is ready to own up to the antigay jokes and his faulty response.
“I’m a firm believer in laying in the bed that you made,” Hart told the magazine. “If there’s something that you did, then you did it. You know, there’s no wiggle room around it. You can address it, and then you can move on.”
“With the whole Oscars thing, there was a big gap between what I thought the problem was versus what the problem really was,” he continued. “I got 10 years where I made sure not to joke or play in the way that I did back then because it was a problem. I don’t care if you’re gay or not gay. I’m a people person. I’m going to love you regardless.”
Hart said it took conversations with gay friends like Wanda Sykes, Lee Daniels, and Ellen DeGeneres — who invited him to appear on her show in a controversial segment in which she said she “forgave” him — to realize that he did not handle the situation in the best manner.
“I was like, ‘Oh, shit — I did fuck up,'” he said.
As a result of the controversy, the Oscars had no host last year, which many critics said was to the benefit of the awards ceremony. Likewise, Hollywood’s biggest night will also be hostless in 2020.