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Kevin Hart issues apology to LGBTQ+ community

APOLOGETIC: Kevin Hart

KEVIN HART has issued an apology to the LGBTQ+ community following his exit as Oscars host.

The comedian was initially announced as the Oscars 2019 presenter in December last year before stepping down after past homophobic tweets resurfaced and his initial reluctance to release an apology for them at the time.

The Night School actor has since explained his reluctance to apologise during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week, where he also revealed he is still open to hosting the awards.

Hart later appeared on his SiriusXM radio show, Straight From the Hart on Monday (January 7), where he expressed his regret over his past comments.

"I will say this, and I want to make this very clear. Once again, Kevin Hart apologises for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologise."

He added: "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.

"We thought it was okay to talk like that, because that's how we talked to one another. In that, you go, 'F**k! This is wrong now.'"

"Now we’re in a space where I'm around people of the LGBTQ community, and 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.'

"So then we say, 'Hey, man, as a group, let's erase this shit. Hey, let's not do this. We don't post this shit on social media.'"

Since stepping down as the 2019 Academy Awards host, a replacement has yet to be named.

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