Before The Weeknd took the stage to perform his Oscar nominated song, “Earned It,” Kevin Hart addressed the audience and the viewers at home on his view of diversity.

Kevin Hart’s Oscars Speech

“I just want to take a second to get something off my chest. First and foremost, I’m a positive guy I feed off of positive energy, I feel like positive overall beats negative,” started Hart.

Focusing on that he also said, “At the end of the day we love what we do, we’re breaking major ground doing it. These problems of today will eventually become problems of the old. Let’s not let this negative issue of diversity beat us, let’s continue to do what we do best. With that being said, congratulations on an amazing year.”

The comedian and actor also added, “With that being said, I want to applaud all of the actors and actresses of color that didn’t get nominated tonight. The reason why I say that is because I want them to understand that tonight should not determine the hard work and effort that you put into your craft.”

He also took to his Instagram to address the issue further. Hart posted a photo with Dave Chappelle and host, Chris Rock with the caption, “Me & Dave Chappelle with our brother @chrisrock tonight at the Oscars. True professionals understand the importance of sticking together & supporting one another….at the end of the day we are comedians & there aren’t many that make it to level that we have made it. But so many doors are opened from the success of one comedian & when you see those doors open you then have the opportunity to walk thru them….it’s about helping one another not trying to tear each other down!!!! The insecure ones will never understand what “Support & encouragement” #Message #DopePic #Legendary”

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