In April, the series’ lead actor faced backlash from the Beyhive, a group of dedicated Beyonce fans, after he gave the “Hold Up” singer two kisses on the cheek and a hug at the 2019 NAACP Awards.
On the ABC talk show earlier this week, co-host Michael Strahan asked Hardwick about the awkward moment. Before the actor could answer, Naughton came to his defense.
“They tried to come for my TV husband, [but] he was just being a friend,” the singer-turned-actress said. “Why can’t friends hug and kiss anymore?”
50 Cent jokingly added that Hardwick “just got excited.” Naughton added, “They made that way bigger; I was there and it was so not a situation.”
Watch the full segment below.