Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after anti-gay comments surface

Irene MckinneyDec 07, 2018

While those who watch the Oscars - a number that seems to dwindle year by year - always seem discontent as the awards show's choice of host, this year there was a strong sense of backlash when years-old tweets from the comedian resurfaced in which he was blatantly homophobic.

In an accompanying video a shirtless Hart said he wasn't going to "let the craziness frustrate me" and added that he "loves everybody".

The tweets highlighted by Lee have all now been deleted by Hart, but a quick Twitter search confirms that there's a lot more where they came from that have yet to be deleted.

Another tweet, from 2009, used the derogatory "F" word that's used to describe gay people.

"I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said, 'Kevin, apologize for your tweets of old or we're going to have to move on to find another host, ' talking about the tweets from 2009, 2010", Hart said in a video posted to Instagram. The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times.

"This is not the first time this has come up, I've addressed it, I've spoken on it".

A forgiving person might expect Hart, a much bigger star now than he was in 2011 and with the eyes of the world set to descend on him as Oscars host, to distance himself from his past, apologise and confirm he is now a changed person who is trying to do better. But we hope he has a attractive day.

Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act.

"The same energy that went into finding those old tweets could be the same energy you put into finding [my] response to the questions that have been asked years after years after years", Hart said. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all.with that being said. Hart said he "loves everybody". A simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple, " Eichner said. I'm the wrong guy, man. On the surface it may not look like it.

The move comes less than forty-eight hours after Hart was announced as host of the ceremony, which takes place on February 24th.

Neither Hart's reps nor the Academy immediately responded to Fox News' request for comment.

On Tuesday, Hart revealed that he would be hosting the 2019 Oscars, sharing an Instagram photo of an Academy Award statue. Murphy soon after exited, as well.

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