While appearing on Watch What Happens Live, comedian and actor Chelsea Handler defended Kevin Hart for his recent Oscars controversy.
During the episode, a caller asked Handler about ‘the whole Kevin Hart Oscars debacle’ and if she believes ‘comedians should be held accountable for what they’ve said or tweet in the past’.
At the end of 2018, the Academy announced Hart as the host for this year’s Oscars ceremony — then his homophobic tweets were unearthed.
After struggling to find a replacement, the Academy eventually settled on no host.
Most recently, Hart told USA Today he didn’t understand why his statements ‘weren’t enough’.
In answering the caller’s queries, Handler took Hart’s side.
‘I don’t think so,’ she said. ‘I mean, I honestly respect what Kevin Hart did.’
As she went on, she said she knows Hart personally and considers him a ‘great guy’.
‘We all make mistakes, I’ve said things that are deplorable that I would never say again,’ she continued. ‘You can just hold people to the fire — we all evolve, and we all grow up, and we all get it. Now we understand this isn’t allowed.’
Cohen also jumped in, adding ‘the culture has changed’.
Handler’s past of homophobic jokes
Handler, however, may not be the best person to pass judgment on this matter.
Last October, she came under fire for making a homophobic joke on Twitter on National Coming Out Day about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
It was the third homophobic joke she made in less than a year about Republican politicians.
Hart, meanwhile, had a new comedy special drop on Netflix earlier this month. Kevin Hart: Irresponsibile is the comedian’s first stand-up special on the streaming service, which was filmed at the O2 Arena in London.