Kevin Hart opens up about his decision to stand up for his friends Ellen DeGeneres and Nick Cannon amid their respective scandals.
In an interview with Deadline posted Tuesday, the 41-year-old comedian doubled down on his defense of his famous friends and spoke out against the cancellation culture, saying he knew who Cannon and DeGeneres really are.
“I don’t lose sight of the definition of friendship, and in our business it’s something that people don’t really care about,” he said. “There are a lot of relationships that are wrong, and there are some that are real. In my case, the real ones are the ones I will always be adamant about speaking on behalf of. ”
On August 4, Hart posted on Instagram a photo of himself with DeGeneres on his talk show, writing that “this hate (expletive) must stop.”
Several “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” employees came forward last month with allegations of a toxic work environment, and three executive producers have since been ousted from the show.
In a video conference with her staff on Monday, DeGeneres, who said in an apology to her staff on July 30 that she was keen to “make sure this does not happen again,” expressed grief over hurting the workers. feelings of anyone, admitted her imperfection and vowed to learn from her. errors. Season 18 of the talk show premieres September 14.
Hart has also been opened up on Instagram to support Cannon.
During an episode of his podcast in June, Cannon promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on the Rothschild family and praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his ideology. (The Southern Poverty Law Center recognizes Nation of Islam as a “hate group.”) Cannon also said that “people who don’t have (melanin) are… a little less. ”
Cannon eventually apologized and announced an interruption to his radio show as his next talk show was postponed.
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ ousts three big producers amid toxic accusations in the workplace
Hart told Deadline he knows what kind of people his friends are, despite the charges against them.
“All I can say are my experiences with these people,” he continued. “It doesn’t take away what other people say. ”
Hart also discussed his own experiences with the cancellation culture. In 2018, the comedian gave up hosting the Oscars after old tweets from his resurfaced that were criticized as homophobic.
Nick Cannon postponed the show, meets rabbi after anti-Semitic comments
“At times like this, I also know how dark it is,” he says. “I know how lonely it gets, because I know these are times when people turn their backs on you. So for the ones you love, who care about you, you just want them to have a little bit of support, when it seems like there isn’t any out there, and that’s just who I’m in. as a person. ”
Hart noted that he felt he could talk about his relationship with his famous friends, without neglecting “the things other people say.”
“When it comes to Nick, and it’s from Ellen, I know who they are, and I know who they are for the years that I’ve been with them, and I can only talk about that,” he said. -he declares. “They are two of the most amazing people I know. ”
Kevin Hart steps down as Oscar host amid the backlash from past homophobic tweets