On Monday night, CNN host Don Lemon responded to Kevin Hart saying that it is not his “life dream” to be an LGBT ally.
As a bit of a background to what led to Lemon’s lengthy response, Hart lost his gig hosting the Oscars after a years-old series of homophobic tweets re-emerged.
Then, a few days ago, the comedian sat down with Ellen DeGeneres who called him her friend and issued her own statement saying that she wanted the Academy to rehire Hart.
In response, speaking directly to the camera, Lemon — who identifies as part of the LGBT community and was critical of Hart’s appearance on DeGeneres’ show — issued this plea to Hart: “Kevin. Call me. Let’s talk. Let’s make you an ally to the LGBTQ community.”
It seems Lemon and Hart did ultimately talk and text off the air and on the air Monday night, the CNN host spoke of his conversation with Hart.
However, Lemon made it clear that he would not share things other than generalities about what they said to one another.
Yet, he did share what Hart said on his Sirius radio show about his plea and the possibility of being an LGBT ally.
This is what Hart said:
I don’t like the forcing. I don’t like — like Don Lemon goes — Don Lemon goes on CNN and he’s like ‘you can fix this, become an ally.’ That’s not my — that’s not my — that’s not my life dream. Kevin Hart apologizes for his remarks that hurt members of the LGBTQ community. I apologize.
“You can be upset by it. Whatever. However, you want to feel,” Lemon said in response to Hart’s words after the clip played. “But that is his right. Whether I like it or not, whether you like it or not, that is his right.”
Lemon then concluded: “So, we have to march on without him. I’m glad he apologized.”
Watch below, via CNN:
SOURCE: CNN / Mediaite – Tamar Auber