December 11, 2018
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Last week, Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars after some of his old, homophobic tweets resurfaced on the Internet. His ex-wife, Torrei Hart is now speaking up and coming to his defense.
The former childhood sweethearts haven’t always had the best relationship, but Torrei is standing by the actor, and stating he’s not homophobic, but that, “He’s a comedian and he was just making a joke.”
“I stand with him, I don’t think he should have apologized. I think they should still have him host. I mean, who are they going to get? Mother Theresa?”
Prior to giving up his hosting duties, the “Night School” star was adamant about not apologizing for his past simply because he already had, and clearly Torrei agrees.
I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
The father of three shares two children with Torrei, a 13-year-old daughter, Heaven and an 11-year-old son, Hendrix. One of the most pressing tweets that reemerged was one about how the comedian would react if his son was homosexual. According to CNN, the tweet read: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.’” Kevin also spoke openly about his fear of if that were to happen during his 2010 comedy show, Seriously Funny.
To that, the hair care entrepreneur totally had her ex-husband’s back: “I don’t think, of course, he wants a gay son — of course, you want your son to be like you – but I think definitely if our son was to turn up gay I don’t think he would be homophobic about it. I think he would embrace him and love him the same.”
There is a fine line between insensitivity and joking around, but some things should be left alone.
Before all of this went down, Kevin was fresh off the success of his film “Night School,” which he produced and starred in alongside Tiffany Haddish. Check out this Sister Circle clip where he talks about the special meaning behind the film:
In January, he will star in his first serious role in “The Upside,” where he plays a caregiver to a wealthy man with quadriplegia.
TELL US: Do you think Kevin was “just making a joke?”