The comedian and actor denied playing the victim when he had to step down from hosting the Oscars.
Kevin Hart has readdressed his past homophobic tweets, which saw him forced to step down from his role of hosting the Oscars.
“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’,” he wrote in one tweet, which has since been deleted.
Comments made during his Seriously Funny show in 2010 also received attention, where he told the audience: “One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay. That’s a fear.”
In an apology on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Hart said: “Once again, Kevin Hart apologises for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologise.
“These weren’t words that I said to gay individuals. I didn’t say these words to people, at the time, this was our dumb asses on Twitter going back and forth with each other.”
However, his apology wasn’t something that was well received, and Hart told USA Today about how this confused him. “The way that I handled it in the beginning was never from a place where I’m being negative or angry or playing victim,” he said.
“It was, ‘Hey, guys, I apologised about this. I talked about this years ago and I said I’ll never do it again.’ To me, that was the apology. The apology was never doing it again. I didn’t understand why that wasn’t good [enough].
“Why isn’t the 10-year change of a guy never talking like this, never doing it again through stand-up or jokes, being noticed?”
He added: “I thought the best way to say sorry is by changing, whereas some people still wanted to just hear me say it again. And that’s where I think the miscommunication or the disconnect came from.”
Hart then said that he had spoken to friends of his within the LGBTQ community, who told him they wanted to hear from him that he had changed.
““I thought that me putting my change on display and never going back to that was the best way to do that,” he said. “And if the verbal [apology] would have been better, then I can understand that. But at the time, I didn’t grasp that concept of just wanting to hear that again.
“Hopefully the people of the LGBTQ community know that I in no way, shape or form embrace any ill will toward anybody in general. It’s not who I am.”