Kevin Hart delivers heartfelt speech after making first public appearance since car crash
American comedian, Kevin Hart, has made his first public appearance since he was seriously injured in a car crash back in September.
Hart appeared at the 2019 People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday night, where he issued a rousing speech thanking his fans for their support during this difficult time.
The 40-year-old suffered serious spinal injuries and had to undergo surgery after Jared Black allegedly lost control of Hart's classic Barracuda in Malibu on the 1st September.
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Since the incident, Hart has cancelled a slew of appearances, but he returned last night to walk onstage at the Barker Hangar to collect the prize for Comedy Act of 2019, while Kanye West's Stronger played in the background.
"First and foremost, thank God, because I definitely don't have to be here," he said after accepting the award. "Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life even more. It makes me appreciate the things that really matter. Family. I want to thank my wife and kids, who really stepped up to the plate for me."
He then proceeded to thank his fans for standing by him. "You have no idea the effect you have on us as entertainers, your energy, your support," he stated. "It means the world and I truly want to thank you guys for being there for me in my difficult time."
The Central Intelligence star purportedly left the scene of the accident and sought medical attention at his home nearby. Several sources claim that he required surgery for three spinal fractures and remained in hospital for 10 days.
In a statement released last month, Hart's lawyer, Andew Brettler, said his client was committed to physical therapy and was "getting stronger every day".
He added that the actor was doing "a little work here and there" on his upcoming feature, Jumanji: The Next Level, but does not anticipate fully returning to work until 2020.