Kevin Hart and the art of the celebrity apology

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Lisa Respers France, CNN


“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past. I’m sorry that I hurt people… I am evolving and want to continue to do so,” Hart tweeted. “My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.” Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart photographed for Variety by Pamela Littky on April 25, 2017 in LA, CA. *Grooming: John Clausell; Wardrobe: Ashley North: Shirt: Neil Barrett; Pants: Acne

(CNN) Hollywood is filled with comeback stories of stars who have made mistakes and found redemption. The public loves them.But if there is an art to the apology process, comedian and actor Kevin Hart ran afoul of it this week and toppled himself as host of the next Academy Awards. The comedian made some comments on Twitter between 2009 and 2011 that included derogatory language about homosexuals.

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When those tweets resurfaced on Thursday, there was an immediate opportunity for the “Night School” star to own it, apologize and move on.But that’s not how he handled it. Hart initially took the position that the past is the past. He posted a video on Instagram in response to the controversy in which he made it clear that he believed he is well beyond that time in his life.”Guys, I’m almost 40 years old,” he said in the video.

“If you don’t believe people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you. If you want to hold people in a position where they always have to justify or explain their past then do you. I’m the wrong guy, man.

“Definitely not an apology. By shifting the onus to others for trying to hold him accountable for his words, Hart did not do much to improve the situation. Comedians, in particular, are in a tenuous position right now. So much of what used to be deemed funny no longer is. True growth for an artist means they recognize that. Dave Chappelle found that out last year when he returned to the spotlight with two Netflix comedy specials. Someone seemingly forgot to tell Chappelle that in the almost 13 years he had been off the scene, jokes about transmen and women no longer get a pass. There was immediate backlash against Chappelle’s quips.

Hart hasn’t left the stand-up circuit and seemingly knows better. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Hart addressed jokes he had made in the past about trying to prevent his son from being gay.”I wouldn’t tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren’t as sensitive as they are now,” Hart told the publication. “I think we love to make big deals out of things that aren’t necessarily big deals, because we can. These things become public spectacles. So why set yourself up for failure?” This makes it all the more surprising that Hart — at first — declined to issue a mea culpa and shared over social media that the Academy told him to either apologize or be replaced as the Oscars host.

“I chose to pass on the apology,” Hart said. “The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times.”The producing team behind the Oscars, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, along with the Academy, declined to comment when contacted by CNN. But it seems if others found Hart’s old tweets, they could have, too — and preemptively addressed the matter.

The comic pointed out that he has “moved on” and is “in a completely different space in my life.”He also equated apologizing to “feeding the internet trolls.”The problem is trolls weren’t the people who were hurt by Hart’s words or seeking an apology.Despite the many strides made by the LGBTQ community, the world is far from being at a point where their concerns can be shrugged off.

We are no more post-discrimination against that community than we are post-racial.And as comedian and actor Billy Eichner tweeted, “A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple.”

“Like I tweeted a few weeks ago, Hollywood still has a real problem with gay men,” tweeted Eichner, who is gay. “On the surface it may not look like it. Underneath, it’s far more complicated.”By the time Hart did apologize, it was late and in the context of his decision to step away from the hosting gig.

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‘Night Court’ star John Larroquette is ‘heartsick’ over Harry Anderson; stars pay tribute by Bryan Alexander

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‘Night Court’ star John Larroquette is ‘heartsick’ over Harry Anderson; stars pay tribute by Bryan Alexander

John Larroquette summed up his feelings about the loss of fellow Night Courtstar Harry Anderson in one word Monday.

“Heartsick,” Larroquette tweeted. Late that night, he added, “He was wicked smart. He was wicked funny. He had a big laugh. He had a big heart. He delighted in legerdemain especially when he caused someone to scratch their head and proclaim; How the h— did you do that? And he could eat a hamster like no one I ever knew.”

Anderson, 65, was found dead in his North Carolina home by police Monday morning. The loss of the actor who played Night Court‘s good-natured Judge Harry Stone from 1984 to 1992 brought out tributes from former cast members and stars.

Marsha Warfield, who came onto Night Court in 1986 as the show’s third bailiff, Rosalind Russell, left a tearful video on her Facebook page filmed in the front seat of her car after hearing the sad news.

“I didn’t know I was going to be this emotional or I wouldn’t have started this video,” said Warfield, barely holding back tears.

a man sitting in a chair: Harry Anderson, the star of "Night Court," has died at age 65.© RICHARD DREW/AP Harry Anderson, the star of “Night Court,” has died at age 65.“Harry was a good man, a good friend, he was good to me when I first got on Night Court,” Warfield said. “Harry was the first one to reach out and offer me advice, and any help I needed. And I needed a lot at that time.”

Warfield said she was going to head home and try “to process” the passing.

“I hope his family is comforted in knowing that he was so very loved, and so very talented,” she said in closing. “I’m going to miss you, Harry. Harry the Hat. Rest in peace.”

Markie Post, who played Christine Sullivan on Night Court, couldn’t pull together a tribute because she was too emotional. She said she would talk more later, “but for now, I’m devastated.”

Columnist Dave Barry, whom Anderson played in Dave’s World, the 1990s CBS sitcom based on his life, wrote, “He was a very talented guy, and, more important, a genuinely nice guy.”

Neil Patrick Harris was “stunned” by the death of fellow magician Anderson, who worked at Los Angeles’ Magic Castle. Harris called him “one of my comedy and magic inspirations growing up.”

“The world lost a truly gifted actor and magician: Harry Anderson,” wrote illusionist David Copperfield. “Popular for his role on Night Court, Harry also inspired generations of magicians with his unique style.”

NBC, which aired Night Court, tweeted, “We’ll miss you, Harry Anderson. The honorable Judge Harry Stone is forever in our hearts.”

“I remember driving to NJ for $40/night gigs with him before he became a huge star,” recalled Mad About You star Paul Reiser, adding, “Nobody does that AFTER they’re a huge star. He was truly one of the nicest guys. A gentle soul. He will be missed. RIP friend.”

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who said he guest-starred on Night Court multiple times “way back when,” wrote, “Ran into him in N.Y. not that long ago. Always friendly. Always funny.”

Producer Judd Apatow wrote about being 15 and interviewing the star Anderson.

“He was so kind, and frank and hilarious,” Apatow wrote. “He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy.”

 

THE GREAT 90’S CELEBRITIES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? By Nofar

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We all have our own memories of the ’90s. What was your favorite: sitcoms, boy bands, fashion, something else? Two decades later, it’s time to remember all those people who made the ’90s so memorable and see where are they today.

This gallery is a great reminder of famous people from that decade that are almost forgotten today.

 

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Amy Jo Johnson is the best remembered for her role of Kimberly in 1993-1999 “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. During the 2000s, she continued acting in TV shows “The Division” and “Flashpoint”.

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In 2001, Johnson released her first music album and two more after that. She wrote and directed an indie movie “The Space Between” which was released this spring.

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Denise Richards had memorable roles in hit shows “Saved by the Bell,” “Melrose Place,” and “Seinfeld”. Her movie breakthrough came with the sci-fi action “Starship Troopers” in 1997. It served as a starting point for her to get more film roles in movies like “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “The World is Not Enough”.

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In 2011, Richards published her memoir titled “The Real Girl Next Door”.

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Remember “Ally McBeal”? The famous anxious TV lawyer was portrayed by Calista Flockhart from 1997 to 2002. Many found her character loveable which made the show mega-popular.

 

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Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Stefani was the leader of a hit pop-rock band “No Doubt” in the ’90s. They recorded 6 albums together before Stefani decided to go solo in 2004. Her first solo album was titled “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.”

 

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy

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An inside look at everything Meghan Markle is eating and her favorite workouts ahead of the Royal Wedding.: Meghan Markle's Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy© Geneviève Charbonneau Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is EasyThe workouts and meal plan the future royal is relying on ahead of her May wedding.

Sweating for the wedding takes on a whole new level of insanity when said wedding is broadcast to roughly two billion people around the world. No pressure. Luckily for Meghan Markle, she’s had her diet and exercise regimen locked-down for years. As the daughter of a yoga instructor, Markle loves to cook and eats a predominately plant-based diet, but she allows room for occasional indulgences. She’s also a workout fiend, crediting everything pilates and running with keeping her fit. Ahead, find out how Markle’s secrets for will looking and feeling her best on royal wedding day.

a close up of a logo: Meghan Markle's Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy© . Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is EasyMeghan Markle eats fries, drinks wine, and indulges in the occasional ice cream cone-because what is life without a treat here or there? The key is to make most of your diet full of nourishing plant-based foods that are naturally low in calories but high in fiber. “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends,” Markle previously said while filming Suits. “But at the same time, it’s all about balance. Because I work out the way I do, I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things. It’s not a diet; it’s lifestyle eating.”

An ideal day of eating for Markle looks like this: “A Clean Cleanse vanilla shake blended with frozen Ontario blueberries for breakfast, a Niçoise salad and glass of rosé, with some Grey Owl goat cheese and baguette on the side for lunch, and a leisurely dinner of seafood and pasta, and a negroni to cap off the night,” she previously told The New Potato.

Markle considers herself a pro-carb kind of girl, unlike her future sister-in-law Kate Middleton who adopted a low-carb, high-protein meal plan ahead of her wedding in 2011. “French fries – I could eat French fries all day. And I love pasta. I love carbs – who doesn’t love a carbohydrate?” Markle has said. “The same goes for wine. Of course I’m going to have that glass of wine – it’s delicious and I enjoy it.” In fact, she even named her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tigafter her favorite brand of red wine, Tignanello. “God, do I love wine; a beautiful full red or a crisp white. But if it’s cocktails, I love a spicy tequila cocktail, negroni, or good scotch-neat,” she said“Do the things you enjoy within reason,” she says. “Know your body and what works for you and you’ll be fine.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdyFeXGjtzU/embed/?cr=1&wp=780&rd=www.msn.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A6948.00000000032%7DThe future royal stocks her fridge with healthy snacks and staples you can pick up at any grocery store. “Hummus, carrots-because I love them and so does my dog, Bogart, strangely-a green juice, almond milk, for sure, and a chia seed pudding I make every single week,” she previously told Good Housekeeping.“So easy, so good. I really love to cook.”

She credits her SoCal childhood and time spent around TV-set craft services tables (of all things!) with kickstarting her fascination with cooking and entertaining. “Growing up in Southern California…we had a meyer lemon tree and fig tree in my backyard, I loved gardening and growing my own vegetables. That farm to table ethos was ingrained at such a young age, Also, I grew up on the set of the TV show Married with Children where my dad was the lighting director. The show was, shall we say, saucier than a little girl my age should be watching, so my dad would have me help in craft services,” she told Eye Swoon. “I would help make the food trays, and learned how connective food could be – how happy people would be when I walked in with a tray of perfect crudités. It was awesome, and definitely planted the seed of my love for making and sharing food.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd54yMdjjP0/embed/?cr=1&wp=780&rd=www.msn.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A6965.0000000001455%7DMarkle has been busy traveling ahead of her May wedding, but she has a go-to room service meal when she’s on the road. “If I’m at a hotel I will likely order poached eggs and toast with avocado,” she says. Carbs, protein, healthy fats-it checks all the boxes.

a close up of a logo: Meghan Markle's Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy© . Meghan Markle’s Wedding Workout and Diet is Easy“My mom was a yoga instructor so that practice is in my blood,” Markle has said. “I love an intense vinyasa class – and even better if it’s blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight.”

Prior to her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle would document her fitness routine on Instagram and her (now defunct) lifestyle site The Tig. She credits pilates, running, and yoga for keeping her lean and strong. “Running has always been my form of moving meditation, which I relish because it allows me to get out of my head,” Markle previously told Women’s Health.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BclHGPWF7uU/embed/?cr=1&wp=780&rd=www.msn.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A2%2C%22os%22%3A7038.99999999976%7DMarkle prefers Megaformer pilates, which uses a machine that combines the toning of pilates with the resistance training of bodybuilding.“[It’s] hands down the best thing you could do for your body,” US Weeklycredits Markle saying. “Your body changes immediately.”

Before moving to London, she told Women’s Health about one workout she was eager to try. “I’m eager to come to the UK to do a workout with Russell [Bateman], the founder of SBC,” she said. “My friend Millie Macintosh raves about his workouts, so I’ll call her up to do a class together next time I’m back in London.”

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Why I prefer money to good sex – Nollywood actress, Amanda Ebeye

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Why I prefer money to good sex – Nollywood actress, Amanda Ebeye

Nollywood actress, Amanda Ebeye has revealed why she would choose money above good sex when asked to settle for one

The single mother of one when asked by Saturday Sun said: “If the sex is bad but he is a good man and treats you like a queen, will you stay in the relationship or marriage?’

“As long as he has lots of money, why not? Who has good sex helped? Who cares when the shops are full of the right tools?”

Also, when asked about her family’s reaction when they got to know that she was pregnant out of wedlock, Ebeye said she was old enough to make her decisions.

She said: “When I told my mother that I was pregnant, she simply made me understand that it’s my life, my decision and not hers. Luckily for me, I have amazing parents. I have done my obligations as a child. So, there’s really nothing to worry about.”

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