"It actually goes hand-in-hand with what's going on now," Hart said. "We're so sensitive and the whole reason I was going to host the Oscars was to take the tension out of the room. People go to the Oscars but they're not there to laugh because everybody's waiting for their moment."
"There is no end to it," he said. "Like, I apologized. I apologized again. I said I apologized before. I apologized after that apology. It just keeps going and every headline is you apologized, 'he apologized again,' 'he just apologized'. I'm like, I'm done. I did it, I'm over it. There is no more that I can do."
Colbert noted that, in his experience, "it isn't over until the audience is over it."
Hart's response: "You can continue to please others or you can have a position when you know that you literally have done what you can to try to please. At that moment when you know that you have given your all to try to please and it's still not received, you have to make a decision to go, 'I'm done trying to please.' That's where I'm at."
Celebrities are gearing up for a busy January after recovering from the holiday season. Check back all month long to see your favorite stars at award shows, red carpets and performances. First up: Lady Gaga gets some help with the train of her dress at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala on Jan. 8. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for National Board of Review
Onstage, Globes host and "Killing Eve" star Sandra Oh accepts her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama. She became the first woman of Asian descent in 39 years to win the category and the first ever woman of Asian descent to win more than one Golden Globe. Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images
Also at the event, Regina King and Barry Jenkins were spotted hugging before a screening of "If Beale Street Could Talk" on Jan. 3. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival
And Emily Blunt accepted the Ensemble Performance Award for "Mary Poppins Returns," along with her young co-stars, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson and Nathanael Saleh. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival