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

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host

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.

It was announced on Tuesday that Hart would host the Oscars ceremony in February 2019, which is considered one of the most prestigious but hard jobs in showbusiness.

"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscars", Hart tweeted. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past", Hart tweeted.

Hart's tweets came after he posted a video on Instagram in which he said he had already addressed the tweets, which emerged between 2009 and 2011.

Just a day later, a journalist by the name of Benjamin Lee said on the 5th of December that he wondered how long it would take Kevin before he started deleting all of his old messages.

Then on Thursday, Hart said on Instagram he would not apologize and stressed that people change.

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Another tweet, from 2009, used the derogatory "F" word that's used to describe gay people. The reason why I passed is because I've addressed this several times. Soon after Hart announced he would be hosting the show, a backlash began over homophobic posts he had made to Twitter in previous years. "And if he doesn't, I don't think we should hold him accountable, I think we should just remember and forgive him".

He also added a written statement to the post: "Stop looking for reasons to be negative.Stop searching for reasons to be angry.I swear I wish you guys could see/feel/understand the mental place that I am in. But me, as a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son from being gay, I will".

"Guys, I'm nearly 40 years old", he said in a video Thursday.

"One of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay". "I am evolving and want to continue to do so". Comedian and actor Billy Eichner said "a simple, authentic apology showing any bit of understanding or remorse would have been so simple". I'm thinking about what I did as a dad, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? On the surface it may not look like it.

When it came to the joke about not wanting his son to be gay, Kevin told Weiner, "It's about my fear".

Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer for GLAAD, has told The Blast, "GLAAD reached out to ABC, The Academy and Kevin Hart's management to discuss his rhetoric and record as well as opportunities for positive LGBTQ inclusion on the Oscars stage".

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