Kevin Hart Thanks Fans in First Public Appearance Since Car Crash

Kevin Hart gave an emotional speech at the People's Choice Awards.


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Kevin Hart attends the 2019 Fanatics Super Bowl party.

On Sunday night, Kevin Hart made an appearance at the People's Choice Awards, thus marking his first major public appearance since he was hospitalized after a bad car crash a little over two months ago. 

At the award show, Hart was presented with a trophy for "Comedy Act of 2019" by Robert Downey Jr.USA TODAY reports that he was given a standing ovation by the audience as he took the stage. 

"First and foremost thank God because I definitely don’t have to be here," Hart said. "Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life more. It makes me appreciate the things that really matter. I want to thank my wife and my kids. They really stepped up for me."

In addition to thanking his family and the award show, he also sent some appreciation to his fans.

"You have no idea the effect that you have on us as entertainers," he said. "I truly want to thank you guys for being there for me in this difficult time."

The entertainer has kept a low public profile since suffering a major back injury after the Plymouth Barracuda he was in (which was also his) went off-road and down an embankment shortly after midnight on September 1. 

The day before Halloween, Hart started Tweeting again following a two-month hiatus from the platform. And around that same time, he also started using his Instagram account via this video about the accident:

"Basically you realize that you're not in control," says Hart in a voiceover for that post. "No matter how much you think you're in control, you're not in control. At the end of the day, it can all be over, man."

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