"He feels like he's being attacked, but the truth is, he's not."
Terry Crews has called out comedian Kevin Hart for a series of homophobic tweets discovered from his past and his subsequent feelings towards them.
Hart made news in recent times when he stepped down as host from the 2019 Oscars, following an unprecedented earthing of tweets containing homophobic slurs posted by the comic a decade ago.
The 39-year-old father of three, rose to stardom despite the jokes, which he used for years. In 2011, for example, he wrote on Twitter that if his son played with a doll house, he’d “break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.’
Hart has since appeared on Ellen, claiming he was the victim of an "attack" from those who exhumed his tweets, which sparked this recent response from actor Terry Crews.
Crews insisted that Hart should hold himself accountable for his actions, saying: "The truth is, Kevin, you're not being attacked.
"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."
While speaking to Buzzfeed, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said that "He feels like he's being attacked, but the truth is, he's not."
As a direct result of the unearthing, producers at the Oscars decided on Thursday that this year's Academy Awards will – for the second time ever – go hostless.
The decision was made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the group behind the Oscars – who have decided to give the ceremony a more 'variety show' feel as a carefully selected group of A-listers are set to introduce various segments of the show, in lieu of one household name host.
The 91st Academy Awards will take place in just six weeks time on 24 February from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.