Kevin Hart Defends Ellen DeGeneres and Nick Cannon as 'Two of the Most Amazing People That I Know'

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"That goes for anybody, across the board, that I consider a friend, and that’s not a big group of people," continued Hart. "Everybody doesn’t get that conversation and that feeling from me, but the ones that do, I’m serious about it. I’m true to it, and it doesn’t mean that you have to speak on behalf of the problem. It doesn’t mean that you have to disregard the things that others are saying. It means that I can just speak on my relationship with my friends."

Hart said when it comes to DeGeneres and Cannon: "I know who they are, and I know who they’ve been for the years that I’ve been around them, and I can only speak to that. Those are two of the most amazing people that I know."

Hart and DeGeneres were recently spotted meeting up together for lunch in Montecito, California, over a week after the actor defended her as an investigation was launched into multiple allegations about the workplace culture of her daytime talk show. Hart publicly stood by DeGeneres earlier this month, calling her “one of the dopest people on the f—— planet.”

“She has treated my family and team with love and respect from day 1," he wrote, going on to condemn the backlash DeGeneres has received. "The internet has become a crazy world of negativity… we are falling in love with peoples down fall. It’s honestly sad.”

DeGeneres stood by Hart last year amid controversy over his past homophobic tweets, for which he later apologized. At the time, DeGeneres invited the actor onto her talk show and revealed that she felt Hart had grown as a person and that as a member of the LGBTQ community, she accepted his apology.

Speaking to PEOPLE in January 2019, Cannon praised DeGeneres for defending Hart at the time.

“I love Ellen and she definitely is one of the bosses in the game. When one of the bosses calls for you, that’s always a good look. She’s an entertainment guru that’s been doing it for a long time that we all respect,” Cannon said.

“To see a friend reach a moment like that, to be able to share it with him and then two days later the entire energy is shifted, it hit him pretty hard,” Cannon said of Hart. “I know how important that opportunity was for him, how excited he was. … He sincerely apologized, but it wasn’t to keep a job. You never want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but you’re not going to be forced or told to do something just for occupation or for money.”

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