Kevin Hart is getting some support from Australian fans and young comedian in the wake of stepping down as Oscars host following his refusal to apologize for his previous homophobic comments and tweets.
He has been returning to the stage for the first time since the last Thursday of his role as the host of the 2019 Academy Award, performing stand-up shows in Sydney, Australia, on Friday and Saturday, before heading to Brisbane on Sunday night. He is next to playing at Auckland's Spark Arena on Tuesday night.
The 39-year-old actor posted about the performance in an Instagram video on Saturday. "Two sold out shows in Sydney, Australia and I Gotta tell you, I'm ….. blown away," he said in the video.
"All I can say WOOOOOOOOW ….. Thank you so much Sydney Australia," he captured the video. "Making the world laughing is forever a priority. Blessed to be able to laugh at an international level & do what I love !!!!"
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Comedian Nik Cannon tried to defend solid by resurping old Tweets by Sarah Silverman, Amy Shummer and Chelsea Handler. The first America's Got Talent Host brought up three Tweets of Comedies, one from 2012 and two of 2010, with all tweets using a homophobic slurry.
"Interestingly," he tweeted a 2010 tweet by handler. "I wonder if there is no backlash here …"
He added, "And I ….. love Wreck it Ralph!!! "Along a tweep of Silverman who stares at Wreck-It Ralph And the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Canon found his twitter digging with a 2012 Tweet of Shummer, adding, "I'm just saying … should we keep going ???"
Kevin Cline also stood for hard, saying that comedy is different even a few years ago.
"People have made jokes about gay men, about Jews, about Afro-Americans – sometimes they are changing, but you know, in certain cases, a common fodder for standing-up comedians," Clin, 71, tells TMZ. "But I think Kevin hard is very funny.
Michael Blackson defended his youthful comedian, saying that black comedians "special" made mistakes.
"Why do they give him a job without first looking?" Blackson told TMZ In a video. "Especially black comedians, we have all the things in our lives, whether it was 10, 20 years ago … at that particular moment it's probably been a hot topic to talk about. The '80s – Eddie Murphy, Richard Prior – They made each comment about everything we all made mistakes, there are no perfect black comedians. "
"There is one quite black comedian who never said the wrong thing, and look where he is," added Blackson, refinancing Bill Cosby. "He is in jail!"
Hardly stepped down as a host just two days after announcing that he scored the coveted gig.
"I made the choice to set down hostel this year's Oscar's … This is because I do not want to be a distraction at night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artist," wrote in Twitter Thursday . "I'm sorry to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past."
He said in a video posted online he was told by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to apologize or his hosting duties revoked. In the span of hours, Hart has stepped down from the prestigious awards show hosting work.