Kevin Hart opens up about why he supports Nick Cannon and Ellen DeGeneres.
When it comes to #cancelculture, Hart knows all about it, which is why he is coming to defend his celebrity friends DeGeneres and Cannon amid their recent drama. During an interview with Deadline, Hart shared his feelings on cancel culture and his two friends’ circumstances.
“When it comes to Nick, and it comes Ellen, I know who they are, and I know who they’ve been for the years that I’ve been around them, and I can only speak to that,” Hart said, referring to workplace allegations against DeGeneres’ daytime talk show and the backlash Cannon faced over alleged anti-Semitic comments. “Those are two of the most amazing people that I know.”
He went on to talk about his experience with being canceled over his homophobic tweets that resurfaced back in 2018. “In times like this, I know also how dark it gets. I know how lonely it gets because I know that these are times when people just turn their back on you. So for the ones that you love, that are close to your heart, you just want them to have some support when it seems that there is none out there, and that’s just who I am as a person.”
He continued: “There’s a lot of relationships that are fake, and there’s some that are real. In my case, the ones that are real are the ones that I’m always going to be adamant about speaking on behalf of.” He added that he knows “the people that both of them are, and knowing the people, all I can say is my experiences with those people.” However, he said he doesn’t want to excuse or minimize the people who were affected by his friends. “That’s not to take away from what other people are saying that they have had and that they have done,” he said. “It’s just to highlight what I’m saying I know and what I can speak on behalf of.”
The comedian then questioned where everyone’s grace and compassion for people went. “What happened to the days of making a mistake, learning from the mistake, not doing that, and educating others on what not to do because of your mistakes?”