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Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting The Oscars Over Anti-Gay Tweets

Kevin Hart will not host the Oscars.

Just two days after the announcement was made, comedian Kevin Hart will no longer host the Oscars. The decision was made after there was a huge outcry over homophobic tweets he made in the past.

Hart tweeted on Thursday after withdrawing as host:

“I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” wrote Hart.

 

On Friday morning he also tweeted:

 

On Thursday morning he was given an ultimatum by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences who said apologize or “we’re going to have to move on and find another host.”

“I chose to pass on the apology,” Hart said. “The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times.”

Hart has since deleted some of these homophobic tweets which he made between 2009 and 2011.

In 2011, he wrote in a since-deleted tweet: “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughter’s doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

Also on Thursday Hart took to Instagram and said: “I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people change, grow, evolve? I don’t know what to tell you,” said Hart, who added, in all-caps: “I love everybody.”

In the 2010 special “Seriously Funny,” he said, “one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”

“Keep in mind, I’m not homophobic, I have nothing against gay people, do what you want to do, but me, being a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will,” Hart said.

 

Comedian and actor Billy Eichner said “a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple.”

The film academy moved up this year’s ceremony to Feb. 24, giving producers little time to find a replacement.

Kathy Griffin said  Hart messed up, yet had empathy for the situation.

“He wrote that tweet eight years ago when gay marriage wasn’t even legal yet, so we all do things. God knows in my 23 specials I’ve said heinously inappropriate things,” she said.

She hopes this will give a woman an opportunity to host:

“I want more women to host the Oscars and in the entire history of the Oscars, they’ve only been hosted by three women, three times and so we haven’t leveled the playing field yet,” she said.

Terry Crews, who described Hart as a “brother,” said he respected Hart’s decision to walk away from the show.

“I’m thankful that he acknowledged things that maybe weren’t right, and he’ll come back from this,” Crews said. “We do have to admit our guilt and say, ‘Hey I messed up and let’s fix this thing.’ I think that he will do that, and he has always done that.”

 

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