If you thought Kevin Hart’s interview on Ellen was the final stop of the Kevin Hart Apology Tour, the comedian has added a few more dates. Hart will be a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this Wednesday, but on his SiriusXM show Straight from the Hart Monday (January 8), Hart unpacked the joke that caused all of this uproar.
“Once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize,” Hart said in the third person on the show, according to Deadline.
Though he apologizes for his past tweets and for joking he would break a dollhouse over his son’s head if he ever found him playing with his sister’s dolls, Hart doubled down saying, “it was just a joke.”
“I want to say that I have no problem with gay people,” Hart said on the show, setting up his joke. “I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body. I want you to be happy, be gay, be happy. And then I say as a heterosexual male, if I can do something to stop my son…that’s where the joke starts!”
“Now we’re in a space where I’m around people of the LGBTQ community,” Hart said. “…I’m now aware of how these words make them feel, and why they say, ’That shit hurt because of what I’ve been through.'”
The comedian says he wants to join the fight for equality, but encourages LGBTQ listeners to recognize when someone owns up to their mistakes and wants to grow from them.
“If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality, that’s the fight. The fight is the will and want for equality. I’m riding with you guys. I understand you,” he said. “But in the fight for equality, that means that there has to be an acceptance for change. If you don’t want to accept people for their change, then where are you trying to get to the equal part? Where does the equality part come in?”
Also last night, Don Lemon reported on CNN that Hart reached out to him following his emotional plea for the actor to become an ally of the LGBTQ community. Lemon played a clip of Hart talking on Monday night’s radio show where he says it is not his dream to be an ally for the gay community, contradicting his statement to be in the fight for equality.
Said Lemon, “He is sorry, he said, but it is not his dream to be an ally for the LGBT community. Now, you can take that however want. You can be upset by it. However you want to feel. But that is his right. Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right…he can do that and you can feel about it however you want.”
Lemon said Hart declined to appear on his show.