Saturday Night Live addressed the recent controversy surrounding Kevin Hart’s short-lived role as Oscars host during its Weekend Update segment on Saturday (Dec. 8).
“Well, that was short,” Weekend Update host Michael Che said of Hart stepping down as host after tweets from the comic with homophobic slurs in them were resurfaced.
Che went on to defend Hart, saying “Didn’t the Academy nominate Mel Gibson for an award just last year?” he asked, referencing controversial racist statements the director made a few years ago. “Also, if Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars then no black comic is. The only black comic I know that’s cleaner than Kevin Hart is booked for the next 3-10 years,” Che said as a picture of Bill Cosby was shown.
Che is not the only comedian to defend Hart, as over the weekend Nick Cannon also came to the comic's defense (albeit without naming him directly) by resurfacing old tweets from comedians such as Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler that contained homophobic slurs.
Che's segment on Hart begins at the 35-second mark in the video below.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.