Kevin Hart will always speak out to defend his friends

BANG! NEWS – The 41-year-old star – who has defended Ellen DeGeneres amid her workplace investigation, and Nick Cannon after he made anti-Semitic comments on his Cannon Class podcast – has opened up on his decision to publicly back the pair during their recent controversies.

He told Deadline, “I don’t lose sight of the definition of friendship, and in our business, it’s one thing that people don’t really hold on to.

“There’s a lot of relationships that are fake, and there’s some that are real. In my case, the ones that are real are the ones that I’m always going to be adamant about speaking on behalf of.

“I know the people that both of them are, and knowing the people, all I can say is my experiences with those people.”

The Central Intelligence actor insisted he wasn’t trying to “take away” from other people’s alleged experiences.

He explained, “That’s not to take away from what other people are saying that they have had, and that they have done. It’s just to highlight what I’m saying I know, and what I can speak on behalf of.”

Meanwhile, Kevin described Ellen and Nick as “two of the most amazing people” he knows.

Reflection on friendship, he added, “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.

“When it comes to Nick, and it comes Ellen, 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.”

Last month, Nick apologised for his “hurtful and divisive” comments. He said, “First and foremost I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth.

“They reinforced the worst stereotypes of a proud and magnificent people and I feel ashamed of the uninformed and naive place that these words came from.”

And Ellen – whose daytime talk show has been rocked by claims of a “toxic” workplace – has reportedly apologised to staff who felt she “wasn’t kind”.

A source said she told staff, “I’m a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and I try to learn from my mistakes.

“I’m hearing that some people felt that I wasn’t kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologise to anybody if I’ve hurt your feelings in any way.”