Kevin Hart has responded to the backlash over his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.
The comedian, who lost his gig as the next host of the Oscars after old homophobic tweets resurfaced, hit Instagram Saturday to defend his response on the talk show. He told Ellen that he had apologized for his comments and insisted that the resurfacing of his tweets was an "attack" on his career. In an Instagram caption, he wrote, "When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge. You can't change without a understanding of what GROWTH means."
He added more text in an image, writing that "basketball players aren't great until they LEARN how to play the game correctly. Teachers are great teachers when they LEARN how to get thru to kids correctly."
He ended by apparently addressing CNN's Don Lemon, who criticized Hart's appearance on Ellen. Hart wrote, "A news anchor or a journalist does not start at the top... they have to LEARN and develop to be great at their job."
On the chat show, Ellen said she had called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and that they were open to the possibility of having him return as host. Hart said that he'd think about it.