The comedian sat down with “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan to promote his upcoming movie “The Upside” on Wednesday. Before discussing the movie, Strahan brought up the Oscars controversy which resulted in Hart stepping down as host after old homophobic jokes and tweets resurfaced.
Hart said he is “over it,” a phrase he repeated 14 times throughout the interview, and doesn’t want to address the matter anymore.
“I have explained how I evolved, which makes me say, I’m over it,” Hart told Strahan. “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 it means we’ve achieved something. If not, there’s nothing I can do now.”
The most controversial joke Hart has been criticized for involved Hart saying he would break a dollhouse over his son’s head if he caught him playing with it. Strahan asks Hart what he would say to a father who might have a gay son.
“Are you a monster, Mike?” Hart retorts. “It’s safe to say that you’ve got good energy. It’s safe to say that you’re a loving person. Why would I assume anything different? Why would I ever assume anything different? Why do you have to prove that you are a loving individual? You know who you are, and people close to you know who you are. That’s the position I’m in. I shouldn’t have to prove who I am, I shouldn’t have prove the love of the love that I am capable of giving. If anyone 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.”
Strahan also asks Hart how he felt about the controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres supporting him.
“It shows me that there is no ending to it,” Hart replies. “If you keep feeding this energy, then it’s going to grow. 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. It’s a choice that I’ve personally made to say that I’m not addressing it anymore.”