Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host

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U.S. comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he has stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

Ultimately, Hart said that even hosting the Oscars wasn't enough to get him to back down on his stance, but seemed conciliatory in his final remarks directed toward the academy. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past", wrote Hart. I don't know what to tell you, " said Hart, who added, in all-caps: "I love 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.

Hart has since deleted some of the anti-gay tweets, mostly dated from 2009-11.

Hart said in an Instagram video Thursday night that the Academy gave him an ultimatum: apologize or lose the gig.

Despite the Academy's gracious offer, Kevin says, "I passed".

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After Hart was announced as next year's Oscars host the comedian began deleting anti-gay posts from his Twitter, Buzzfeed reported. 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".

Hart soon responded to the controversy in a video posted to Instagram but didn't apologise for the tweets.

Hart's attitudes about homosexuality were also a well-known part of his stand-up act. NOTHING. I work hard on a daily basis to spread positivity to all. with that being said. In his comedy special from 2010, Kevin joked that he would do his best as a heterosexual male to stop his son from being gay. Hart said he "loves everybody".

Comedian and actor Billy Eichner was among those on social media who were disappointed with Hart's response. On the surface it may not look like it. Representatives for the academy and for ABC didn't respond to messages Thursday.

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. That's not the first time this has come up.

The 91st Academy Awards take place in February, so the Academy will have to move quickly to find a replacement host.

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