LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Kevin Hart attends the "Jumanji: The Next Level" UK Film Premiere at BFI Southbank on December 05, 2019 in London, England.

Kevin Hart is the first person who has defended Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars in March. Kevin Hart was on an episode of Drink Champs which stars NORE and Dj EFN, and he explains Will Smith’s thought process. “Dark times deserve fucking great light, I’m not gonna shit on my brother. They both are my brothers, but I’m not gonna take the time to shit on them. I’ma say Will Smith, and here’s why: Will Smith is a fuckin’—he’s not only a legend, he’s not only a GOAT.”

Kevin Hart went on and expressed how Will Smith created many opportunities for Black actors in Hollywood. “Will Smith is the reason why the idea of African Americans attached to global IP is normal,” Hart said. “… Studios took the gamble on more leads of color because of the work that Will Smith and Denzel were doing in the beginning, right?” Kevin Hart continued. “You need the faces that are giving the universal return. So I’m not gonna shit on Will and act like he hasn’t been, and wasn’t, that guy.”

According to Kevin Hart, Will Smith made a big mistake and should be forgiven. “He added, “And people make mistakes, and from mistakes, they should be allowed time to fuckin’ recover. … And that this is no longer the world’s problem; it’s Will and Chris’s problem. Let them deal with that. The world should step out of it and let them recover.”

Kevin Hart and Will Smith are both from Philadelphia and Kevin Hart defended Will Smith on a another occasion. When ask by ET on the premiere of  DC League of Super Pets. “Will is apologetic, you know; he’s in a better space, of course than what he was after. People are human, and as humans, sometimes we make mistakes. So it’s not about talking about the past; it’s about acknowledging the present and doing your best to move forward.”