He’s since stepped down as host of the Oscars after it was announced that he was taking the gig earlier this week. This was after Hart acknowledged the backlash but didn’t apologize, which reportedly angered the Academy. From there, the comedian explained why he chose to remove himself.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars,” he wrote. “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.”
Lemon said he’ll give Hart a fair shot if he comes on his show and help him turn the past few days into positive. In fact, the CNN host said with the right course of action, the “Night School” actor could be a full-on ally to the LGBTQ community.
“Kevin, call me, let’s talk,” stated Lemon. “Let’s make you an ally to the LGBTQ community. I’m a member of the LGBTQ community. I don’t know you that well, but I do know you a little bit, and I believe that your heart could be in the right place and you can move to become an LGBTQ ally.”
“Call me, let’s talk about this. Come on my show,” he added. “Come on the air and let’s discuss it. I will give you a fair shot to discuss all of this.”
Kevin hasn’t declined or accepted Lemon’s invitation yet, nor has he commented on the controversy since quitting the Oscars.