Kevin Hart has admitted he mishandled the controversy over old homophobic tweets that surfaced again last year and resulted in the comedian and actor pulling out of hosting the Oscars.
Hart addresses the backlash and his response to it in Netflix’s new series Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up, which documents the controversies he has faced over the past year. In addition to describing another Twitter user’s profile picture as looking like “a gay billboard for AIDS,” he said he would break his daughter’s dollhouse over his son’s head if he found him playing with it. Hart responded to the upset by saying he had already apologized in the past for the remarks and was reluctant do so again, excusing them as just jokes and making it clear he had no intention of being an ally.
The series shows his publicist attempting to get Hart to rethink his stance, saying he needed to take a “humility pill,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The publicist also noted Hart was “not used to being the person that’s not loved and cherished” and suggested he “needs to just shut up and put his head down for the next few weeks,” as his career is “feeding 50-60 people.”
Hart made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show amid the fallout, hoping to do reputation management, but that appeared to only made things worse. DeGeneres was more than willing to forgive him on behalf of the community, but his glib attitude didn’t endear him to most of those on the other side of the screen.
“What I thought was going to blow over ended up becoming a bigger mess than I expected,” Hart admitted.
“Everybody is telling me my approach is wrong…There’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen but there’s only one person in the hot water,” he added, also saying being labeled homophobic got under his skin.
Ultimately he realized he had missed an opportunity to do better.
“I missed an opportunity to say simply that I don’t condone any type of violence in any way, shape or form to anyone for being who they are. I fucked up…Instead I said, ’I addressed it.’ I said, ’I apologized.’ I said, ’I talked about this already.’ I was just immature.”
In addition to the homophobic tweets controversy, the series covers his father’s drug use, Hart cheating on his wife, and an extortion case involving a sex tape made without the actor’s permission.