Kevin Hart has officially stepped down as the host of the upcoming Academy Awards after facing controversy over recently resurfaced tweets from almost a decade ago, containing homophobic remarks and offensive slurs.
Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 2019 Oscars.
Hart posted on Twitter an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words.
"The same energy that went into finding those old tweets could be the same energy put into finding the response to the questions that have been asked years after years after years", Hart said in his latest video.
It was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Hart would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards in February, but by Wednesday, a series of homophobic tweets from earlier this decade surfaced. The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times. In 2011, Oscars producer Brett Ratner stepped down after making controversial, homophobic comments, while that year's host, Eddie Murphy, made a decision to step back as well. But we hope he has a lovely day.
"I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time", Hart wrote on his Instagram page.
It's not the first time an Oscars host has been potentially derailed by anti-gay remarks. NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all... with that being said if you want to search my history or past and anger yourselves with what u find that is fine with me. But they had already been screen-captured and been shared virally online.
GLAAD, the advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, had said Thursday that it reached out to Oscars broadcaster ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Hart's management to "discuss Kevin's anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and record". When talking about gay people as though they were an animal species we reluctantly had to coexist with appeared perfectly acceptable in the 1980's, Eddie Murphy dedicated a suspiciously large section of his act to it. If you don't believe people change, grow as they get older, I don't know what to tell you.
As noted by Rolling Stone, Hart previously said during his 2010 "Seriously Funny" stand-up that "one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay". "I'm not gonna continue to go back and tap into the days of old, when I've moved on, and I'm in a completely different space in my life".
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