Kevin Hart defended Will Smith over the Oscars controversy while adding that he was the one who provided a platform to actors amid prevailing racial discrimination in Hollywood.
The comedian said that the King Richard star should be given time to recover and that he and Chris Rock should be left alone to deal with what happened at 2022 Academy Awards.
During an appearance on Drink Champs, the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star was asked to choose between Smith and rapper Ice Cube.
“Dark times deserve (expletive) great light. I’m not going to s**t on my brother,” Hart said. “They both are my brothers, but I’m not going to take time to s**t on them.”
"I'mma say Will Smith, and here's why: Will Smith is a (expletive)-- he's not only a legend, he's not only a GOAT... [he] is the reason why the idea of African Americans attached to global IP is normal," he added.
"Studios took the gamble on more leads of color because of the work that Will Smith, Denzel were doing in the beginning, right? You need the faces that are giving the universal return.
“So I'm not gonna s**t on Will and act like he hasn't been, and wasn't, that guy,” Hart noted. "And people make mistakes, and from mistakes they should be allowed time to (expletive) recover.”
Hart said that what went down at the Oscars is “no longer the world's problem, it's Will and Chris' problem. Let them deal with that.”
“The world should step out of it and let them recover,” he added.
For the unversed, Smith slapped Rock on-stage during the prestigious award ceremony for cracking a joke on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
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