Now that Kevin Hart is finally back on his feet after his near-fatal car accident in September, the comedian is opening up about the “humbling” recovery process. The 40-year-old shared what he learned on his first day back, and 100th episode, of his Laugh Out Loud Sirius XM radio show on Tuesday, November 12.
“I could not wipe my ass … I literally I couldn’t do none of that,” he said of his frail condition, adding he “couldn’t f—king move” after his accident that landed him in the hospital and in need of emergency back surgery. “It makes you realize … you really are helpless,” he said. “There was nothing I could do.”
On the day of his accident, the actor went for a joy ride with some friends in his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda when the car lost control and spiraled out into a ditch. He was rushed to the hospital where he stayed for almost two weeks at an in-patient rehab facility.
Since the funnyman is on the mend, he said his accident changed his perspective on life. “For me, I’m a different version of myself,” he continued to explain on his radio show. “This ain’t got nothing to do about going to church … It’s not spiritual, spiritual is the wrong word. You’re more present. More aware … It’s all a joke until you get smacked with that real-life reality.”
The comedian released a video statement in late October detailing to fans what he has learned and how he is recovering. “Basically, you realize is that you are not in control,” he said in the video. “No matter how much you think you are in control, you are not in control. At the end of the day, it can all be over, man.” Kevin added, “I swear life is funny because some of the craziest things that happen to you end up being the things you needed most. In this case, I honestly feel like God basically told me to sit down.”
In the footage, Kevin is participating in a variety of exercises, and from the looks of it, he is in the “advanced stage [of recovery]” physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu told Us Weekly. We are happy to hear Kevin is back and better than ever!