Kevin Hart has said that he doesn’t want to discuss the Oscars anymore, as he’s “done with it.”
The comedian stepped down from the hosting role in December, after a number of past homophobic tweets resurfaced.
While the father-of-three appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the controversy last week, Kevin has now stated that he no longer wants to speak about it.
“I’m done with it. It gets no more energy from me,” the actor said earlier today, when he appeared on Good Morning America.
“That’s why I said, for the last time, I’m addressing this. There’s no more conversation about it,” he continued.
“I’m literally—I’m over that. I’m over the moment, and I’m about today. So, if it’s accepted great, If not, it’s nothing I can control. Some things are left out of your hands. So, I’m done with it. I’m over it. That’s where I’m personally at.”
When the host continued to question Kevin about his past tweets and asked how he has changed since he made the comments, the 39-year-old repeatedly told the presenter that he was finished talking about the topic.
The actor said that he had “already explained how I’ve evolved. I’m not saying how I changed anymore.”
“I’m not saying what I’ve done and what the new me is. I’m not giving no more explanation of who I am. I’ve done it. I’ve done it several times. I’ve tweeted it. I’ve talked about it when I went on Ellen. I said it on my radio show. I’m just done.”
“So you have to come to a point where you know that you’ve given all that you possibly can. And if that’s received, then great—then that means we’ve achieved something. If it’s not, there’s nothing I can do. So, I do this now [shrugs].”
Kevin has spoken about the controversy on social media several times since December and when asked if he understood how the youth of the LGBTQ felt about the situation, he said: “I have an understanding that I’ve addressed it, and I’ve said everything that I can possibly say. So, I’m over it.”
“You will not hear me saying anything else about it. You’re not ever going to hear me say anything else about it. I’ve done all that I can do. So, that was done within hopes that people can hear and understand how heartfelt and authentic it was. If you didn’t, then I don’t know what to tell you or do. I don’ know what you’re looking for. So, I’m over it.”
“I’m a good person. I love t0 love. If you don’t see that, then that’s a problem with you. If you can’t realise that, then that means it’s you. I have nothing else to prove or do—nothing else.”
When asked what he would say to his son if he was gay, or to other kids within the LGBTQ community, the actor said that he shouldn’t have to prove that he’s a loving person.
“I shouldn’t have to prove who I am. I shouldn’t have to prove the level of love that I’m capable of giving. If anybody out there wants to believe that Kevin Hart is that much of a monster that he wouldn’t love somebody because of their choice in life, then all power to them. Feel and choose to think how you think. I’m not addressing it. I’m not over-delivering it, over-proving myself.”
Kevin also addressed the backlash both him and Ellen received following his interview on the show, as he said: “It shows me that there is no ending to it. If you keep feeding this energy, then it’s going to grow. You’re not getting no more of my energy from it. I’m not giving no more because it shows that it’s endless. So, I’m not shutting down the questions. I hear everything you’re saying, but I want everybody to know I’m done with it.”
The celeb also told the host that he is not in talks with the Academy about returning as host of the Oscars: “It’s hard to predict what’s can happen. I don’t want people to think there’s a thing between me and the academy because there isn’t. The academy they’re amazing people. The offer was made, it was received, I was excited, things happened, it didn’t work out the way that it should have.”