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Kevin Hart Issues New Apology To The LGBTQ Community Over Offensive Remarks

Kevin Hart Issues New Apology To The LGBTQ Community Over Offensive Remarks

"... 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'".

"No, I'm not hosting the Oscars this year", he said in an ABC interview. I'm over the moment. This time he did it in the third person. 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.

Hart added that with his future standup and comedy acts, he would also make sure he doesn't say or do anything offensive towards the community.

"We thought it was okay to talk like that [in the past], because that's how we talked to one another", Hart explained. Further, he believes that anyone who wants to continue the discussion and won't accept the apologies that he has already made "means it's a problem with you". "I understand you", he continued, adding that he hopes the LGBTQ community can forgive him and accept he's a different person from the one who sent those tweets nearly a decade ago.

"I'm over it", he said repeatedly to nearly every question on the topic during a sometimes testy interview on ABC's 'Good Morning America'. "So anything, anything that I say that's not appropriate, that's wrong. you're gonna pick me apart".

The comedian's latest apology was an overture to a lengthy segment on the show where he dissected the entire controversy - including the homophobic jokes that first sparked the outrage.

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Hart wants to clarify his message that he is now an ally with the LGBTQ community.

Hart went on to equate the response he had received to his first apology as a form of "bullying", adding that "it turns into, you're bullying them because now, now that I said what I said the way that I would say it because I'm me, you're now trying to change me into becoming what version of me you want me to be". "Where does the equality part come in?"

Harts homophobic tweets from 2009 - 2011 resurfaced last month after he was given the gig. "I've said who I am now versus who I was then".

DeGeneres - a past Oscars host herself - said she called the Academy and asked them to reconsider having Hart host.

'If you keep feeding this energy, then it's going to grow, ' he said. "You can't let them destroy you and they can't destroy you because you have too much talent".

Hart apologized in December for "insensitive words from my past" and told DeGeneres last week in an interview on her talk show that he does not "have a homophobic bone in my body". "We don't post this s**t on social media'". "No, they weren't "haters" who came after you".