The Beyhive came after Omari Hardwick after he gave Beyoncé a double kiss at the NAACP Image Awards, but the “Power” actor is taking the backlash in stride.
Hardwick, 45, and his fellow cast members, including 50 Cent, La La Anthony, Joseph Sikora, Naturi Naughton and Lela Loren, appeared on “Strahan and Sara” Thursday, and host Michael Strahan brought up what he called “kissgate.”
“I’ve done that before, but the Beyhive came after you,” Strahan said before Naughton, 34, jumped in, saying, “They tried to come for my boy — my husband, my TV husband. He was just being a friend. Why can’t friends hug and kiss anymore?”
50 Cent then joked, “He just got excited, man.”
“Beyhive, you’re welcome,” Sara Haines added. “That’s Omari Hardwick. You get two kisses? I mean, just say, ‘Thank you,’”
Aside from laughing along, Hardwick remained quiet for that part of the segment and did not directly address the criticism.
Following the NAACP Image Awards in April, a clip surfaced online that showed the actor giving Beyoncé, 37, two kisses on the cheek in front of her husband Jay-Z.
Fans claimed the “Single Ladies” singer appeared “uncomfortable,” but Beyoncé has not commented on the incident.
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