Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Homophobic Tweet Backlash

Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host After Homophobic Tweet Backlash

Kevin Hart is refusing to apologize for his past controversial tweets, even if that means losing his new gig as the host for the 2019 Oscars. Hart did not seem to have any such concerns, but nearly immediately after he was announced as the emcee, a long history both onstage and on social media of making derogatory remarks about the LGBT community became a point of contention.

But in a tweet late on Thursday he said he had chosen to step down "because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many wonderful talented artists". "This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many wonderful talented artists".

In a previous Instagram video also posted on Thursday night, Hart offered no clear apology for the tweets.

"Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old, if you don't believe that people change, grow, evolve as they get older, I don't know what to tell you".

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"The reason I passed is because I've addressed this several times, this is not the first time this has come up", he said. Much love and appreciation to the Academy.

Hart reportedly deleted a number of homophobic messages - some of which were almost a decade old - after getting picked to host the 2019 awards show on Tuesday.

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Hart would have been one of a few black Oscar hosts in the event's history, after Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Sammy Davis Jr. Hart has since spoken about the joke, telling Rolling Stone in 2015 that it was really about his "own insecurities" as a parent, again reiterating he's not homophobic and saying he "wouldn't tell that joke today, because when I said it, the times weren't as sensitive as they are now". I'm in a great place - a great mature place where all I do is spread positivity. He said, "Keep in mind, I'm not homophobic".

In a past interview, Hart said that he isn't anti-gay and added that he had "nothing against gay people", but said that "One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay".

After finding himself in a very precarious situation, Kevin Hart has responded to critics after being called out for deleting some old anti-LGBTQ tweets.

GLAAD, the gay rights advocacy organization, wrote on Twitter that they reached out to Hart, ABC Network and the Oscars to discuss the tweets.

"I swear man, our world is becoming beyond insane", begins Hart in his response.

On Tuesday, Hart revealed that he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, sharing an Instagram photo of an Academy Award statue. "I said angry people love the internet ... so use it only when necessary and spend the rest of ur time enjoying life". But they had already been screen-captured and been shared virally online.

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