Kevin Hart apologizes one last time, says he likely won't host Oscars

Kevin Hart apologized again Monday for past homophobic tweets and jokes, which prompted him to step down host of the Oscars, and said it would be the last time he addressed the controversy.

On his SirusXM podcast, "Straight from the Hart," the comedian also implied that he's not interested in hosting the awards show. Last week, he told Ellen DeGeneres, who faced backlash for defending him, that he was considering whether or not to take the job back.

"I don’t have time to prepare and do it correctly," Hart said on his podcast. "The microscope on me is so, is so f---ing thick that they’re looking for everything. So anything, anything that I say that’s not appropriate, that’s wrong ... you’re gonna pick me apart," he added.

Hart was announced as the host of the 91st annual Academy Awards on Dec. 4, but stepped down within two days after the offensive jokes and tweets resurfaced. At first, Hart posted a video to Instagram in which he didn't apologize but said the world was getting to be "beyond crazy."

He has since apologized and did so several more times on his podcast Monday night. But he also defended himself, saying the beginning of one of the jokes that came under fire opens with: "I wanna say that I have no problem with gay people. I don’t have a homophobic bone in my body."

He was referring to a joke in his 2010 comedy special "Seriously Funny," where he told audiences his biggest fear was his son coming out as gay.

26 PHOTOS
Kevin Hart out and about
See Gallery
Kevin Hart out and about
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Kevin Hart promotes his new book, 'I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Actors Kevin Hart and Kate Mara pose for a photo at the SiriusXM Studios on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kevin Hart speaks during the ' Kevin Hart LiveQ and A at BookCon 2017 at Javits Center on June 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Kevin Hart attends a meet and greet during the BookCon 2017 at Javits Center on June 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 02: Comedian Kevin Hart performs on the Colossal Stage during the 2017 Colossal Clusterfest at Civic Center Plaza and The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on June 2, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 1: Jay-Z and Kevin Hart are seen at the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on June 1, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT - Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night special edition episodes air in primetime every night of the NBA Finals. The guest for Thursday, June 1 included Kevin Hart ('Captain Underpants'). (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) KEVIN HART
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT - Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night special edition episodes air in primetime every night of the NBA Finals. The guest for Thursday, June 1 included Kevin Hart ('Captain Underpants'). (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) KEVIN HART, JIMMY KIMMEL
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Honoree actor/comedian Kevin Hart receives the Anne d'Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence during the 32nd Annual Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration at Philadelphia Museum of Art on May 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Actor Ed Helms (L) and actor/comedian Kevin Hart present an award during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 21: Actor Kevin Hart arrives at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie' at the Regency Village Theatre on May 21, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 21: Actor Kevin Hart and his son Hendrix Hart arrive at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie' at the Regency Village Theatre on May 21, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Kevin Hart seen out shopping in the Diamond District in Manhattan on May 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30: Actor/comedian Kevin Hart arrives at the Rehab Beach Club pool party grand opening weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Kevin Hart attends Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 04: Actor/comedian Kevin Hart is seen leaving the 'Untouchable' Film wrap party at Stotesbury Mansion on April 4, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 20: Actor/comedian Kevin Hart is seen arriving to a surprise appearance at Punch Line Philly Comedy club to test out new material for his upcoming comedy tour on March 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Ron 'Boss' Everline and Kevin Hart attend the 'Move with Hart' training sessions at Rumble Boxing on March 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Kevin Hart backstage at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/KCA2017/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: (L-R) Heaven Hart, actor Kevin Hart and Hendrix Hart at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 04: Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart attend Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor/comedian Kevin Hart is seen on set of 'The Untouchables' on February 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 27: Recording artist Meek Mill and comedian Kevin Hart look on during the game between the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on January 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Kevin Hart poses for a portrait at the 2017 People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Smallz & Raskind/Getty Images Portrait)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Eniko Parrish, actor Kevin Hart, TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, and actress Portia de Rossi attend the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Kevin Hart (R) and Eniko Parrish attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"If the fight from the LGBTQ community is equality ... I’m riding with you. I understand it. 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?" Hart asked.

He said some in the LGBTQ community have become "bullish" and want more from him than an apology.

"Don Lemon goes on CNN and goes, 'You can fix this, become an ally.' That’s not my, that’s not my life dream," Hart said.

After DeGeneres' interview with Hart aired Friday, Lemon went on air and said: "Someone like Kevin Hart, with one of the biggest megaphones in the entire world, he can be a leader ... he can help change homophobia in the black community."

The anchor referenced the "Seriously Funny" joke, saying, "That was a joke to Kevin. The truth is, that is a reality for many little boys in the United States ... somewhere a black dad is beating his black son."

On Monday, after the podcast aired, Lemon said he had spoken with Hart off the record over the weekend. He was mostly empathetic toward Hart, saying it's the comedians right not to "be an ally for the LGBT community."

"He wants to be accepted. He wants us to accept him. He wants to be embraced on his own merits. Isn't that what the LGBT community wants?" Lemon said. "So maybe — right? An olive branch in an effort to understand."

Hart said toward the end of his discussion on his podcast that he wasn't going to address the controversy again.

"I’m sure that after this interview, they’ll cut this up and find things that I said that wasn’t enunciated correctly. I will say this and I want to make this very clear ... once again, Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community," Hart said.

"So today, I act as somebody that is positively reinforcing your message. If you ignore that, then your fight isn’t for equality," he added.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the Academy Awards, did not immediately respond to NBC News for comment. It's still unclear who, if anyone, will replace Hart as host during the show, which will air on ABC on Feb. 24.

6 PHOTOS
Celebs react to Kevin Hart Oscar hosting drama
See Gallery
Celebs react to Kevin Hart Oscar hosting drama
Homophobia is not positivity.
Instagram comment from Nick Cannon to Kevin Hart
Dear cunts in charge of The Oscars, let me host your show, and I promise I won't offend anyone. Not even Mel Gibson… https://t.co/W3N21hrCWz
Melissa McCarthy should so obviously be the Oscars host that I'm irritated having to even say it.
Ok. @TheAcademy- here you go- ME OR @IssaRae OR @SarahKSilverman OR @aliwong OR @iamsambee OR @robinthede OR… https://t.co/7GUIQ6MTGo
I’m no saint. We just wanted a little understanding, a little explanation. Apologies are tough - they leave you vul… https://t.co/FLOEGXk87s
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.