Michael Rapaport has quite the ballsy suggestion for how to handle Kevin Hart.
Podcaster and “Atypical” star Rapaport weighed in on Hart — who abandoned a hosting gig for the 2019 Oscars in December following backlash over past homophobic tweets, only to tell Ellen DeGeneres this week that he is “evaluating” whether to take the hosting job after all — on Friday, sarcastically suggesting that people should “castrate this f—ing guy publicly!”
In a fiery, profanity-riddled video posted to his social media, Rapaport broached a number of potential punishments for Hart.
“So Kevin Hart, who’s already apologized about his homophobic comments, went on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ today and apologized again. And some people just don’t think that’s enough,” Rapaport began his screed. “So I say those people, those righteous, Puritan people, let’s … f— it,, man! F— it! Kevin Hart just doesn’t know how to apologize. I say we castrate this f—ing guy publicly!”
The actor continued, “Or 10 years in solitary confinement for Kevin Hart, he needs to learn his f—ing lesson. Or public stoning! Public stoning! Or, hang him by his f—ing feet for 30 days right from the Hollywood sign — that’ll show Kevin Hart!”
Lest anyone think Rapaport was serious in his suggestions, the actor had a suggestion for the “fake do-gooders” going after Hart, as well.
“Get the f— out of here, you f—ing fake do-gooders!” Rapaport vented. “Yo, Kevin Hart, send ‘em to me! I will tell all these motherf—ers who aren’t satisfied … I’ll do it! I’ll tell them to suck my f—ing dick!”
During DeGeneres’ interview with Hart, the talk-show host told the actor that she’d personally called the Academy to urge the organization to rehire him. And, DeGeneres said, she was told the Academy would be “thrilled” and that “we want him to host.”
To that, Hart told DeGeneres, “Leaving here, I promise you, I’m evaluating this conversation. This is a conversation I needed to have, I’m glad that I had it here, and I’m glad that it was as authentic and real as I could have hoped that it would be. So let me assess, just to sit in this space and really think, and you and I will talk before anything else.”
On Twitter, the reaction was mixed, with many praising the interview, and others arguing with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” executive producer Andy Lassner over the news.
“I don’t want to live in a world where forgiveness & personal growth aren’t possible. I grew up using gay slurs with my friends,” Lassner said to one person. “I thought it was funny & harmless. I learned and evolved. I changed. Life is hard. We make terrible mistakes. And then we try and be better.”
Watch Rapaport toss in his two cents below.
Lets Hang Kevin Hart by his Feet from the Hollywood sign for 30 Days until he finally learns his lesson.
FOH!!! Fake Do-Gooders!@kevinhart4real Say No More!!!@theellenshow @iamrapaport is live at:#KevinHart https://t.co/pjL2LTarjJ pic.twitter.com/dEyMU0ZYOj
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) January 4, 2019