Kevin Hart Responds to 'Ellen' Backlash: "We Forgot That We All Learn"
Hart is back on Instagram to defend his latest controversial remarks over the resurfacing of past anti-gay tweets.
In response to backlash over his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, Kevin Hart is asking, "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn?"
In an Instagram post on Saturday, Hart defended his latest response to resurfaced, anti-gay tweets on the NBC daytime talk show. Hart said, once again, during the nearly hourlong chat, that he previously apologized for homophobic remarks and asserted that the resurfacing of his past anti-gay tweets constituted an "attack" on his career.
"When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge," Hart wrote. "You can't change without a understanding of what GROWTH means. #Message #LiveLoveLaugh #HappySaturday"
The caption accompanied a picture that included more text, where Hart wrote, "Basketball players aren't great until they LEARN how to play the game correctly. Teachers are great teachers when they LEARN how to get thru to kids correctly."
He ended the text with a pointed remark: "A news anchor or a journalist does not start at the top... they have to LEARN and develop to be great at their job."
Several prominent journalists, including CNN's Don Lemon and Buzzfeed News' David Mack, have criticized Hart's response to the controversy over his past homophobic remarks, as well as his Ellen appearance. Hart's reference to "a news anchor" may have referred to Lemon.
During his appearance on Ellen, DeGeneres revealed that she had called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to ask whether Hart could still host. In her rendition of the conversation, the Academy was open to the possibility. The Academy has not responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.
Hart responded that he was "evaluating this conversation" and would come to a decision later. "This is a conversation I needed to have, I'm glad that I had it here, and I'm glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be. So, let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else," he said.
Read the full Instagram post below.
When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge. You can't change without a understanding of what GROWTH means. #Message #LiveLoveLaugh #HappySaturday .....Please grasp this and use it in 2019