“I’ve got to slow down when I’m talking,” Harvey, 62, told the entertainment publication. “I can’t get into heated discussions, and I’ve got to just guard my words more carefully.”
The comedians clashed after Mo’Nique, 51, said integrity and equality mean more to her than money in reference to her issues with Netflix.
“Before the money game, it’s called the integrity game and we’ve lost the integrity worried about the money,” she told Harvey.
He replied, “If I crumble, my children crumble, my grandchildren crumble. I cannot for the sake of my integrity stand up here and let everybody that’s counting on me crumble so that I can make a statement. There are ways to win the war in a different way.”
After the episode aired, Harvey became the focal point of many debates about race and wealth. Several social media users noted how prominent figures such as Colin Kaepernick and Muhammad Ali maintained their integrity in their fights for equality.
The Kings of Comedian star reflected on his choice of words and admitted he regretted how they came out.
“I take full responsibility for it; it came out my mouth so I can’t say that I didn’t say it,” Harvey told People. “But to people that really know me, I have lived my whole life as a man of integrity. So when I was referring to ‘integrity’ in that interview, I was talking about the method in which things were being done, and that is all it was.
“I regret it, but I want young people, the kids that come to my camps, the young people that I mentor, the fans that really respect me, to know to just charge that one to my head and not to my heart,” he added.
Harvey said he was trying only to critique Mo’Nique’s no-holds-barred method of handling issues.
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