Terry Crews Perfectly Explains Why People Are Still Upset With Kevin Hart

Elyse Wanshel

Actor Terry Crews, who is close with Kevin Hart, has weighed in on the comedian’s defensive response to the controversy surrounding anti-LGBTQ tweets Hart made in the past.

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star and host of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” visited BuzzFeed’s Twitter show “AM to DM” on Thursday when the subject of Hart came up.

Crews, 50, initially seemed empathetic to his friend, noting he can sometimes be defensive himself when his wife accuses him of wrongdoing.

“Then all of a sudden you can get hardened,” Crews said. “But the hard part is when you put down the defenses and you say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m not listening.’”

Crews then nailed why a lot of people are frustrated with Hart’s behavior.

“He feels like he’s being attacked,” Crews said. “But the truth is, he’s not.”

“The truth is, Kevin, you’re not being attacked,” he continued. “The truth is you have to just acknowledge what went on and acknowledge the pain of other people. That’s all anybody’s asking for. That’s it.”

Terry Crews and Kevin Hart on the 2005 BET Comedy Awards’ red carpet. (L. Cohen via Getty Images)

Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Hart this year’s Oscar host, and soon after, homophobic tweets the 39-year-old had made in the past resurfaced. Following backlash and pressured by the academy, Hart begrudgingly made a non-apology in a self-justifying Instagram video.

“I’m not going to continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on, and I’m in a completely different space in my life,” Hart said. “I’m going to be me; I’m going to stand my ground.”

The next day, Hart stepped down as host of the Oscars and apologized.

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