In his first major appearance since a car accident nearly took his life, African-American comedian Kevin Hart honored God at the People’s Choice Awards show.
Hart was awarded the people’s choice for “Comedy Act of 2019” on Sunday night. As the “Jumanji: The Next Level” star hit the stage to Kanye West’s song “Stronger,” he received a standing ovation as Robert Downey Jr. presented him the award.
“First and foremost, thank God because I definitely don’t have to be here,” Hart testified. “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,” he added.
Hart hasn’t been in the spotlight since the car accident on September 1. The near-fatal crash resulted in the comedian needing back surgery. Also involved in the September car crash were Jared Black (the driver) and Rebecca Broxterman, both of whom were not severely injured.
Hart and the couple were all riding in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda at the time of the accident.
Hart continued: “My appreciation for life is through the roof. I’m thankful for my family, my friends. I’m thankful for the people that simply ride with me, have been with me, ’cause you stood by me. My fans — I’m thankful for all your love and support. So don’t take today for granted, ’cause tomorrow’s not promised.”