Nick Cannon defends Kevin Hart, calls out comedians for old homophobic tweets
Nick Cannon appeared to leap to Kevin Hart‘s defense on Friday, in the wake of the “Night School” star stepping down as the 2019 Oscars host. His defense, which comes amid criticism of Hart’s past homophobic tweets, included calling out female comedians, who had also used homophobic language on the social media platform.
Taking to Twitter, Cannon, 38, wrote, “Interesting. I wonder if there was any backlash here…,” as he shared a 2010 tweet from Chelsea Handler that stated, “This is what a f-g bird likes like when he flexes.”
The “Wild ‘n Out” star also revisited a 2010 tweet from “Ralph Breaks the Internet” actress Sarah Silverman, that read, “I don’t mean this in a hateful way but the new bachelorette’s a f—-t.” Cannon later wrote, “And I f–king love Wreck It Ralph!!!”
He then resurfaced a 6-year-old tweet from Amy Schumer that said, “Enjoy skyfall f-gs. I’m bout to get knee deep in Helen Hunt #thesessions.” Cannon responded, “I’m just saying … should we keep going???”
Reps for Handler, Schumer and Silverman did not immediately return to Page Six’s request for comment.
On Thursday, Hart, 39, announced he had quit the show just two days after accepting the Oscars job.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” Hart wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
Before walking away from the starry gig, Hart also revealed the Academy had asked him to apologize for his previous tweets, but he refused.
“I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, ‘Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we’re going to have to move on and find another host,’” the comedian said in an Instagram story Thursday.
“I chose to pass on the apology. The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. I’ve spoken on it. I’ve said where the rights and wrongs were,” he continued.
The 91st annual Academy Awards are slated to air Sunday, Feb. 24.
Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host
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